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Lecture 39

PSY BEH 113D Lecture Notes - Lecture 39: Elder Abuse, Job Satisfaction, Psych

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Professor Valentovich
Psych Behavior 113D
Adult Development
Spring 2019
4 units
MWF 12-12:50 pm
SSL 290
Professor email:
Office hours Wednesday 1-1:50 pm
Final Exam: June 7th, 2019
Personality Disorders
Long-standing pattern of maladaptive inner experience and behavior
Why do symptoms seem to improve with age
Older adults better at coping
Measurement issues, not detected
Some symptoms (acting out) decline or are more treatable with age
What is elder abuse? Why do we care about elder abuse in particular?
Actions taken against adults that inflict physical or psychological harm
As mental and physical capabilities decline with age, some can lack the capacity
to care for and advocate for themselves
Very similar to why we specifically care about child abuse
Work & Retirement
Describe Holland’s Vocational Development Theory
Theory of career selection
Holds that occupational interests will align with personality
When there is congruence between the person and their (work)
environment they will be
More productive
What do intrinsic and extrinsic mean?
Intrinsic: central or specific to the thing itself
Extrinsic: related to, but external/peripheral to the thing itself
Job satisfaction: intrinsic and extrinsic factors
Sense of identity, competence, autonomy
Salary, employment policies
Job satisfaction
Who is more satisfied with their jobs: middle-aged or younger workers?
Why are middle-aged people more satisfied?
More realistic job expectations
Become experts (autonomy, mastery)
Higher earnings
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