Conception and fertilization happens within 24 hours once the sperm has reached the ovum. Although, two or more ovum’s can be fertilized which can lead to twins or triplets. The sperm competes to the egg, after entering the sperm develops into blastocyst and enters the womb. The human embryo is attached to the uterus, the brain and heartbeat develops. At 5 weeks the face will become distinguished and the placenta forms and joins the embryo to the uterine wall allowing the nutrients, waste and gas from the woman. The embryo is protected by foetal sack, at 18 weeks sounds can be heard and features are visible. Lanugo covers the head, at 6 months preparation to leave the uterus happens until birth (WebMD, 2017).
Zuberi parents have been married for over 20 years, Zuberi is the only child and was born 3th December 1957 in Kenya and suffered prematurity as his mother wasn’t able to consume the nutrients needed as she ate fruit and vegetables from the stall, which she ran at the end of the village. During this time she lacked in sleep, struggled with anxiety and his father was an athlete before suffering with Arthritis.
Continuity VS Discontinuity theory relates to this stage, the Discontinuous side would say that development from contraception to birth is continuous and there isn’t any defined stages. Continuity would say that from contraception to birth is staged as birth cannot happen without contraception.
INFANCY (BIRTH TO 2 YEARS)-
Children start to develop motor skills, at the age of 2 will be able to jump, hop and throw, by the age of 6 be able to behave according to society and will be able to copy numbers, use a knife and folk and recognise body parts. In late childhood physical growth is apparent, motor skills will continue developing. Thoughts and feelings become organised, a sense of social comparison will occur and to understand their strengths, weaknesses and emotions. (Centres for Disease Control and Prevention, 2015).
Zuberi parents were determined for him to strive within education, this behaviour influenced by historical context of themselves as they didn’t have this opportunity. By 1959 there were 3 universities and a handful of primary schools, at the age of 6 he started school in Tula 7 miles from home. He first began to show his running potential in school, racing in the national races. At 11 he became the school's fastest runner, while he wasn’t at school Zuberi, spent time racing children and helping his parents. This behaviour influenced by traits or genetics as his father shared similar passion in running.
Zuberi was constantly developing, he started behave according to society and had developed motor skills, this enabled him to read, write, understand feelings, emotions and make his own decisions. This behaviour influenced by his education and socialization as he’s gained skills and knowledge.
The Static vs Dynamic theory puts this stage in the middle of the debate. The Static suggests that Zuberi should have met milestone, but this wasn’t the case due to challenges. Dynamic would argue that Zuberi is individual and every child develops differently.
Zuberi continued focusing on athletics and was aware of his ability. In 1988 he won his first annual school championships medal and he was assigned a coach to push his ability and set training. He would start to produce sex characteristics, understand his own needs and emotions. Zuberi faced challenges as he started to form anxiety and depression.
The Nomothetic VS Idiographic approach, relates to adolescence. Nomothetic suggests that development concentrates on individuality. Idiographic requires the development of psychological process. Zuberi’s psychological process will develop and his passion for running is individual to him.
ADULTHOOD (18 TO 40 YEARS)-
Men and women may both have midlife crises, and the loss of self-confidence and feeling of anxiety or disappointment will occur. Women will experience menopause which makes the women infertile.
Zuberi was blessed with his first grandchild, but faced the loss of his father. He continued to understand his self-identity and felt settlement and success. He socialises regularly and focuses on being independent with lack of mobility.