Levinson's Theory Of Adulthood Development

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Levinson theory conceptualises the basic pattern of the life structures that humans go through in their adulthood. The pattern comprises of an orderly sequence that manifests with variations. The sequence of stages consist of alternating series of structure-building and structure-changing (Transitional) periods. During the structure building phase, one makes choices, forms structures around them, and pursues their values and goals within this structure. The transitional phase that follows, terminates the existing structure and creates the possibility for a new one. The primary tasks of every transitional period is to reappraise the existing structure, to explore possibilities for change in the self and the world, and to move toward commitment to the crucial choices that form the basis for a new life structure in the ensuing period. Levinson divides adulthood development into stages or phases. The first stage in Levinson’s theory is called the early adult transition (ages 17-22). The problem at this stage is to develop a sense of independence by separating from one’s family and trying out new things and the other different lifestyles. This is a stage of formulations of hopes and dreams. In the next stage, the person enters the adult world (ages 22-28). The issue at this stage is to explore and then in turn obtain the adult roles which are needed by the individual to be happy and successful in his/her career and relationships. Priorities begin to form at this stage. The
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