TABLE 2

Examples of Developmental Tasks

Early childhood
    Attachment bonds with caregivers
    Talking and learning the language of the family
    Compliance with simple commands of adults
Middle childhood
    School adjustment and academic achievement (eg, learning to read, to write, and to multiply)
    Getting along with peers (eg, acceptance and making friends)
    Rule-abiding behavior at home and at school
Adolescence
    Academic achievement (more-advanced topics; graduating from high school)
    Making and maintaining close friends
    Law-abiding behavior in society
Emerging or early adulthood
    Higher education or work attainment
    Establishing romantic relationships and responsible sexual behavior
    Responsible parenting (when one becomes a parent)