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biological aging

physiological changes and cognitive shifts

social aging

gain/relinquishment of roles, i.e. student, voter, parent

age norm

what is appropriate in a culture at a certain age

emerging adulthood

transition to adult roles, extending from late teens to mid twenties

intimacy vs. isolation

young person's thoughts and feelings about making a permanent commitment to an intimate partner

life structure

underlying design of a person's life, consisting of relationships with significant others- individuals, groups, and institutions

social clock

age-graded expectations for major life events, such as beginning first job, getting married, birth of first child, buying home, retiring

triangular theory of love

intimacy, passion, and commitment- shift in emphasis as romantic relationships develop

passionate love

intense sexual attraction

companionate love

warm, trusting affection and caregiving


unhappiness resulting from a gap between social relationships we currently have and those we desire

traditional marriages

involving a clear division of husbands and wife's roles, man is head of household; woman devotes herself to caring for husband and children

egalitarian marriages

partners relate as equals, sharing power and authority

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