Family Life Cycle Theory vs. Daniel Levinson

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Family Life Cycle Theory Vs. Daniel Levinson By:CassandraD’Andrea There are six developmental theories that all describe changes in ones behavior as a person grows in society. All though the developmental theories are different, they all focus on the idea that human behavior is the result of individual physiological changes in respect to life situations. The family life cycle and Daniel Levinson’s theories have some similar and different ideas. The two theories are alike in three ways but have different perspectives. The family life cycle theory is based on the idea that children must be separated from their family of origin in order to become physically and emotionally capable to think on their own and make independent decisions. It also is focused on the idea that change and development rely on crisis. During adolescents parents need to provide opportunities for their children to make some decisions on their own. Parents also need to accept their child’s wishes regarding a career choice and new intimate relationships; when this happens both the child and the parents can move on to a new stage of their lives. In this theory, three things must be done in order for an individual to reach this stage of their lives. The first is finding out who you are as a person. This involves re-assessing lessons parents have taught and lessons an individual learns on their own, and deciding which qualities you believe are important and will help you become independent. In addition, adolescents must create relationships outside of the household to ensure they have emotional stability. Finally, adolescents must dedicate themselves to a job that will provide them with financial stability. Daniel Levinson’s theory of the seasons of life is focused on early adulthood that is in a 25 year time
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