Developmental Psychology: Stories in Context

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Your answer should be at least 200 words, with intext citations and a reference list at the bottom. These questions come from one of your textbooks, so this should be your first reference. Your grade will be based on the quality of your response. (See Rubric.pdf) Preview the documentfor details)


Title :

Developmental Psychology: Stories in Context (ebook)

Authors :

Chrysalis Wright

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Publish Date :

3rd Edition, 2017

ISBN 10 :



Choose obesity, teenage pregnancy, or teen suicide. Analyze the problem from the perspective of one of the major theorists from the history of developmental psychology.

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Below is an example of an individual assignment that received full credit.

Discuss how paternal age can affect fetal development.

Throughout history the age of women in relation to pregnancy has been widely discussed as it has been proven that women who are of advancing age, or even very young, can have an increase chance of passing a congenital disorder to a fetus. Such congenital disorders have a great impact in the development of the fetus as many of them cause severe abnormalities and even death.

Many people are aware of such risks associated with the young or advancing age of a female, but very few are aware that the age of a male can also contribute and cause many serious fetal abnormalities and developmental problems. Over 20 genetic disorders have been linked to paternal age and most cause malformations of the head and skeleton (Morris & Reid, 2010). For example, advanced paternal age can cause disorders such as Apert and Crouzon Syndrome which both cause malformations of the skull and face (Reid, 2012). In addition to contributing to many congenital disorders a male’s sperm, especially those over 35, can greatly increase the risk of miscarriages in fetuses (Iwayama, 2011). Such miscarriages are due to the declining quality of the sperm as the rate of apoptosis, which is responsible for getting rid of sperm cells with damaged DNA, does not increase as a male gets older (Fisch, 2009).

Many congenital disorders are caused by genetic mutations. Men who are 20 years old pass to their offsprings 15 to 25 genetic typos while men who are 45 pass on 65, but women at any age will only pass 15 (Kluger et al., 2013). Such typos will lead to mutations which in turn will interfere with the development of a fetus and cause congenital disorders.

By just looking at these examples of risk associated with paternal age, there is no question that it is just as an important aspect of pregnancy and fetal development as maternal age. I think that people should take this matter more seriously as the risks can be detrimental to the life of a baby. Fisch, H. (2009). The aging male and his biological clock. Geriatrics, 64(1), 14-17. Iwayama, M. (2011). Parental age and child growth and development: Child health check-up data. Pediatrics

International 53(5), 709-714. Kluger, J., Birmingham, L., Konigsberg, R., Thean, T., Cabrera, F., & Mahr, K. (2013). Too Old To Be A Dad?. Time,

181(15), 38. Morris, H. H. & Reid, L. (2010). Paternal age effect and its association with congenital birth defects: Is there a role

for genetic testing? Weill Medical College of Cornell University. ProQuest Dissertations and Theses, 40. Reid, M.L. (2012). Fathers Shaping Child Development, 2nd ed. Dubuque, IA: Kendall Hunt.

Commented [MR1]: Note the use of an in text citation to show the source of the information. Note that there are no first names or initials and all authors are listed. Note that all citations are listed in the reference and vice versa.

Commented [MR2]: If a source has 6 or more authors, you can use et al. and first author

Commented [MR3]: This is the correct way to reference a scholarly article in 6th ed APA style

Commented [MR4]: This is the correct way to reference a book in 6th ed APA style. This is the way to list the second textbook


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