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In exploring the interactive relationship between the individual and the environment in adulthood, it is clear that development in midlife must be viewed as a continuous process within the context of the entire life course. Decisions made in young adulthood have an impact on the experiences that influence the individual in midlife and, similarly, directions begun in midlife set paths of development into old age. The forces that promote continuity include the overarching framework provided by identity, which maintains the consistency of the self over time, as well as the environmental factors of race, occupational status, and educational 42 SusanKrauss Whitbourne and Loren Angiullo Connolly background.

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