Be sure to clearly elaborate on your rationale of how the policy or intervention will work.

Answer these 4 questions on this topic using Development Through the Lifespan / Edition 6 by Laura E. Berk: (3) identity vs. identity confusion in adolescence Question 1: define and describe what the task “means” – what behaviors would indicate that a person had successfully mastered that task? Question 2: what are two key environmental factors needed to assure that the psychological task is mastered? Be sure that you explain that factor’s connection to healthy development or how the absence of that factor promotes maladjustment. For this question, focus on the inner layers of Bronfenbrenner’s ecological model (e.g., the microsystem, mesosystem, exosystem). Question 3: what do you view as ONE major obstacle in American society today blocking successful mastery of that psychological task? This question is different from #2 above; here, I want you to focus on the outer level of Bronfenbrenner’s ecological model (i.e., the macrosystem, including policies, laws, attitudes, customs, etc.). Question 4: suggest ONE intervention or social policy that would “alleviate” the problem (i.e., more people in that age group would develop psychologically healthy) and explain “why” it should work. Be sure to clearly elaborate on your rationale of how the policy or intervention will work. In other words, you need to show the connection between what you are suggesting and positive outcome. Be as specific as possible. A vague answer of “parents need to be educated about this or that” or “people need to do this or do that” or “children/the elderly need to be cared for” are NOT complete answers. Rather, elaborate on what kind of education or services need to be provided. What setting do they need to occur in? What should the laws actually say? IMPORTANT NOTE: since the tasks are different for each age group, your recommendations for each stage SHOULD be different. Format: Use headings and label the question numbers – format your exam as follows: basic trust vs. mistrust in infancy question 1 question 2 question 3 question 4

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