The behaviour and experience of all individuals occurs within a trajectory of development across the lifespan. This course will analyze the nature of various overlapping periods of the life cycle and how they may help us understand the complexity offender needs at a deeper level. Topics include a discussion of developmental periods and transitions between periods, focusing on: youth; early adulthood; having a family; middle age; and older age. The implications of the various periods for physical and mental health will also be examined. Students will apply the theory and research about these stages to complex populations, expanding their understanding of complexity within the correctional environment and identifying suitable management and intervention options.
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