Essay on An Ecological Theory Applied to Aging

1361 Words Feb 2nd, 2004 4 Pages
Ecological theories of human development consider the complex interactions between humans and their changing social and physical environments. Every member of society experiences these interactions in a different manner, depending on factors such as the amount of resources available to them or the interconnectedness of their support system at birth. As people age and as the macrosystem itself changes in response to events, people within the system shift to occupy different positions in society. People 's psychological reactions to their evolving statuses reflect the culmination of a lifetime 's worth of experiences. At each juncture within people 's lives, their statuses are subject to norms and rules belonging to society.

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It is expected in traditional societies that the young provide care for and honor their aging family members. In societies with Confucian based ideologies, such as Korea, the hierarchy of respect is based on age, with the eldest members of society receiving the most esteem. The exosystem in these societies is tipped in the direction of considering the importance of elders and their influence. All microsystems, mesosystems, and individuals tap into this human resource because

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