Individuals in middle adulthood experience both gains and losses in physical, cognitive, and psychosocial functioning. Although middle adulthood can be a very positive experience, developmental issues associated with middle adulthood can be stressful. Understanding stressors experienced during middle adulthood is the key to effectively counseling this age group.
Research evidence supports that a midlife crisis is not a typical aspect of development. However, most people can provide anecdotal evidence of someone who has experienced such a crisis. Review professional literature—articles from peer-reviewed journals and relevant textbooks—and answer the following questions:
- What stressors during middle adulthood might contribute to such a crisis?
- How might an individual’s multicultural identities affect the stressors experienced during middle adulthood?
- As a clinical mental health counselor, what types of preventative or protective behaviors might you suggest to a client experiencing a developmental crisis?
Support your responses and analysis by using at least two resources from professional literature. Professional literature may include the Argosy University online library resources; relevant textbooks; peer-reviewed journal articles; and websites created by professional organizations, agencies, or institutions (websites ending in .edu or .gov).