Non-Normative Life Events

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Synonyms

Atypical and major lifetime events

Definition

The term non-normative life events describe significant, unexpected and unpredictable events, for a particular individual, which do not follow the predictable developmental pattern of life-cycle.

Description

Non-normative life events are those that occur unexpectedly, such as natural disasters, loss of a family member and war. Even in cases that death or illness, in specific ages, are statistically considered normative, they are actually non-normative. They are still unexpected and undesired events, associated with severe effects [5]. Non-normative events may be comprised of both negative and positive events, such as death of a beloved person or winning in a lottery. However, in both cases, they are unexpected and slightly related to chronological age [6].

Life-span developmentalists assert that individual development is deeply affected by age-graded, history-graded and non-normative factors. Features, such a ...