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HDFS 312 - Adult Development - Middle Age and Aging

  • 3 credits
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Developmental issues and processes pertaining to middle and later adulthood. Contexts in which adult development and aging occur are emphasized.

Using the lifespan perspective, this course introduces students to developmental issues and processes that occur across middle and older adulthood. The course investigates developmental changes across multiple systems, including biological and physiological, cognitive, psychological, and social processes, and evaluates how adult development and aging impacts various contexts of life (e.g., work, family). Basic concepts and methods for studying aging are discussed.

Course Learning Objectives

  • Examine the principal processes and core developmental theories related to both typical and atypical middle and later adult development and aging.
  • Identify, examine, and understand contextual frameworks and ecology that influence middle and later adult development and aging.
  • Demonstrate and apply theory and empirical research relevant to middle and later adult development and aging.
  • Access, critically evaluate, and apply multiple forms of information (e.g., websites, Internet sources, parenting information, and other media sources) related to middle and later adult development and aging.
  • Acknowledge, differentiate, and analyze multiple points of view, including diverse and multicultural influences and perspectives relevant to middle and later adult development and aging.
  • Demonstrate effective written and/or oral communication skills appropriate to theoretical, practical, and/or ethical situations related to middle and later adult development and aging.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of professional skills, including ethical and culturally sensitive standards of conduct, as relevant to middle and later adult development and aging.


HDFS 101 (Individual and Family Development) or PSY 100 (General Psychology); completion of 30 credits

Important Information

All prerequisites must be completed or consent from the instructor given prior to enrollment.

If you register for this course after the start of the term, please contact the instructor at the time of registration. By contacting the instructor, you ensure you are added to the CANVAS section as soon as possible and have access to the course and details about the class requirements.

Textbooks and Materials

Section 801


  • Adult Development and Aging: Growth, Longevity, and Challenges (2021)
    Patrick, J.H., Hayslip Jr., B., & Hollis-Sawyer, L.
    ISBN: 9781544361666

Textbooks and materials can be purchased at the CSU Bookstore unless otherwise indicated.

Suggested Textbook:

Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 7th Ed. (2020)
American Psychological Association
ISBN-13: 978-1-4338-3215-4


Dr. Allyson Brothers
Dr. Allyson Brothers

Allyson Brothers is a gerontologist, passionate about understanding the lifelong influences that shape the health and well-being of individuals as they reach late life. She teaches both online and in the physical classroom in the department of Human Development and Family Studies (HDFS).