Discuss the normal marital satisfaction pathway over time, and describe a reason for these changes.

1. Describe your own path toward achieving social clock milestones such as financial independence, nest leaving, relationships, and career. If you are or were backsliding, how does that feel? What are (or were) your social clock priorities for getting married and having a career? If you are a nontraditional returning student, did your twenty-something timetable work out? Do you now feel “off time” for your age? To get credit for this question, in your discussion you must specifically refer to concrete studies and examples cited in the text. 2. Outline the four identity statuses described by James Marcia, then describe people you know who seem to fit into two of these categories. Make reference to their emotions and feelings (you can also discuss your own identity status, if you wish). 3. Describe the three different attachment styles and offer real-life examples of people you know who seem to fit each category. 4. Discuss the normal marital satisfaction pathway over time, and describe a reason for these changes. Then discuss what happens when couples become parents. Finally, offer one personal example to illustrate (or not illustrate) these trends derived from a couple you know. (Please don’t use names.) 5. Describe the three poles that Sternberg spells out in his triangular theory of love, and give examples. Then describe two different kinds of relationships that occur when we combine these love poles. 6. Discuss some worries people have when they contemplate divorce. Then suggest a question that best predicts when divorcing may be “the better choice.” 7. Describe what Holland’s category (or categories) might best fit your personality. Then target what you expect from your career in terms of intrinsic and extrinsic career rewards. 8. Your elderly loved one is still driving, but it’s clear that her sensory-motor impairments are making this activity difficult. First spell out the dilemmas you and society face in this situation and then suggest some creative actions to take. 9. Describe the three major criticisms of Kübler-Ross’s stage theory of dying. Which specific emotion would you be most apt to find in a loved one with a “fatal” diagnosis? 10. Argue for and against legalizing active euthanasia. Where do you stand on this question? 11. Spell out a main purpose/function of hospice programs. 12. Target the key difference between a living will and a durable power of attorney for health care. 13. Spell out the difference between “passive” and “active” euthanasia. 14. Describe the core brain changes that produce Alzheimer’s disease. 15. Give a real-life example of generativity in action that you observed recently. 16. Briefly describe two problems inherent to the grandparent role. 17. Briefly list two forces that make caring for caring for an elderly parent more difficult. 18. Briefly list two communication patterns associated with marital happiness. 19. List three major changes in the work world over the past few decades.