The Family Development Theory Supports The Idea Of Family Life

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The Family Development theory supports the idea that family life is divided into phases (normative changes) associated with each stage of development. It attempts to understand the changes in the family structure and how families adapt as life progresses. The Human Life Cycle is a series of life stages that are defined by certain developmental changes occurring in each. It consists of eight stages: infancy (0-2 years), early childhood (2-6 years), middle childhood (7-12 years), adolescence (13-21 years), early adulthood (22-34 years), middle adulthood (35-60 years), late middle age (60-70 years), and late adulthood (75 years and older) (Welch 56-57).
A non-normative event occurs when something happens in life that is unexpected or out of the ordinary for the life stage a person is in. They can also be called off-time events because they tend to happen at the wrong time. Examples of non-normative events can be a parent losing their job, being raised by someone who is not the biological parent, a tragedy in the immediate family, etc. (Welch 57). It can impact the developmental course for the entire family, and it may change their lives either temporarily or long-term. It is usually unwelcomed as it upsets and disrupts the family life.
When I was sixteen years old, I was living with my father at the time. He was raising me as a single parent (he and my mom divorced when I was small; he never remarried). One night, he had a stroke one night, slipped into a coma and never came…

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