(P3) Explain the Influences of Two Predictable and Two Unpredictable Major Life Events on the Development of an Individual

Predicable life events

Leaving prison

Leaving prison is predicable because we know it’s going to happen. But what happens to someone development when they live prison?
There is a loss of routine, loss of a structured environment, possible lack of support when finding an income and housing and coping with possible discrimination.

All these may make the person reoffend because they know that prison is safe and they like the routine that comes with it. If someone has the support from family members and the community then they may be able to deal with the emotional and psychological effects.


Parenthood can be a very stressful time and some people may develop conditions like postnatal depression. 7 in 10 mothers will develop this condition the psychological and emotional side effects are: they will feel worthless and hopeless, have anxiety/panic attacks, their appetite will go, sleep disturbance because they find it hard to sleep even when tired and thoughts of suicide.

All new mothers will have disruption of previous lifestyle, loss of free time, new demands on time and energy, feeling tried and loss of sleep.

Unpredictable events


Bereavement comes at any time without any warning, so bereavement is unpredictable. It is the remaining partner or the family that experience the consequences of death and whose development is influenced. Elizabeth Kubler-Ross (1969) stated that “there are five stages to grief, denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance. If someone gets stuck at one of these stages then this could have a big impact the development of that individual”. Bereavement can involve loss of friends because you are no longer a couple, loss of income that the person bought into the household, loss of physical and sexual comfort, loss of practical help with daily living activities, loss of leisure and social activities if you don’t like to do things on your own, loss of person that you were emotionally...