Response Guidelines

Read as many of your peers’ posts as time allows, and respond to at least two of them. Try to choose posts that have had the fewest responses.

Your responses to other learners are expected to be substantive in nature and to reference the assigned readings, as well as other theoretical, empirical, or professional literature to support your views and writings. Use the following critique guidelines:

  • The clarity and completeness of your peer’s post.
  • The demonstrated ability to apply theory to practice.
  • The credibility of the references.
  • The structure and style of the written post.

M.Pendergrass (peer 1)

Adolescents go through various changes as they emerge.  Significant concerns of adults in the young and middle years are the need for intimacy and generativity.  These are forms of expression and the development of the self.  (Broderick & Blewitt, 2015)

“From a developmental perspective, then, the period of young adulthood should be a time when identity issues are resolved sufficiently to allow a person to make significant progress on two major tasks: The first is establishing and strengthening bonds with people who will accompany him on his life journey, and the second is becoming a productive worker” (Broderick & Blewitt, 2015, p. 439).  It would appear that young adults are not often afforded these opportunities in today’s society, as there are significant challenges in relationships and in the workforce.

Finally, a major consideration in development would be the impact of the attachment theory.  Often times, attachment theory has been related primarily to the bond between mother and child or caregiver and child during the infancy or toddler years.  However, attachment theory extends into the adult life as well.  There are several aspects to consider when trying to gain understanding of this impact.  In the nuclear family tradition, the idea is to gain understanding which attachment was developed in early childhood and how it carries through life, and how they might affect caregiving for the individual’s own children.  Furthermore, the peer/romantic partner tradition examines adult peer attachments.  Romantic and friendship relationships could be influenced by the previous attachments. (Broderick & Blewitt, 2015).


Broderick, P. C., & Blewitt, P. (2015). Life Span, The: Human Development for Helping Professionals, 4th Edition. [Bookshelf Online]. Retrieved from https://bookshelf.vitalsource.com/#/books/9781269907422/

L. Fields (peer 2)

Adult attachment theory focuses on relationships that were formed between the young adult and caregivers when the young adult was an adolescent (Broderick, & Blewitt, 2014). It states that these relationships can be detrimental to relationships formed as adults with others (Broderick, & Blewitt, 2014). One research study found that attachment to an authority figure such as a parent and the temperament of the child play a huge role in how an adult attaches themselves to others in different types of relationships and how they act in the relationship (Hendrick, & Hendrick, 1994). The challenges that the research encounters are the different types of temperament that a child has with a caregiver and also if the relationship or attitude of the caregiver and child changes (Hendrick, & Hendrick, 1994). They suggest that these variables also play a role in the type of attachment experienced and shown by adults. It also states that one type of relationship could be very different from another and can also play a role in determining the type of attachment style (Hendrick, & Hendrick, 1994). This can also influence how well an adult can hold a relationship.

Broderick, P. C., Blewitt, P. (01/2014). Life Span, the: Human Development for Helping Professionals, 4th Edition. [Bookshelf Online]. Retrieved from https://online.vitalsource.com/#/books/9781269907422/

Hendrick, C., & Hendrick, S. S. (1994). Attachment theory and close adult relationships. Psychological Inquiry, 5(1), 38-41. doi:10.1207/s15327965pli0501_6

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