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Overview

This revision of Cavanaugh's best-selling text is written within a biopsychosocial framework and covers the specific age-stages of adult development and aging. The book's currency of research and theories cited and the connections developed between research and application contribute to its excellent reputation. The book's focus on the gains and losses people experience across adulthood distinguishes it from its competitors. The new edition features a complete reworking of its organization and a thorough updating of citations, including hundreds from 1997 through the present. A new separate chapter on Social Cognition, Chapter 9 (the research area of the new co-author, Fredda Blanchard-Fields), offers expanded coverage of this exciting area.
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This textbook for upper-division undergraduate students covers the stages of adult development and aging including physical, psychological, and social changes. In the introductory section, Cavanaugh U. of North Carolina, Wilmington and a new co-author, Blanchard-Fields psychology, Georgia Institute of Technology discuss the study of adult development and aging, including research methods. Coverage includes hormone replacement therapy, genetic tests for dementia, memory, intelligence, personality, divorce, remarriage, retirement, death, and bereavement. The fourth edition includes a new chapter on social cognition. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR booknews.com
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"A readable, comprehensive and interesting text (with) broad coverage and some unique areas, such as social cognition, not normally found in other texts." "The pedagogical features are very well done. They stimulate critical thinking, have a high level of interest for students, and put a "face" on the concepts/research."

"I would recommend this text …it is thorough, accurate, and clear. They style of writing will make this text accessible to undergraduates at most colleges and universities, and it should be noted that the latter is accomplished without sacrificing complex material or concepts. Throughout the text, age-related changes are neither over-stated nor under-stated: permitting a balanced and accurate depiction of the research on aging and its implications for real people." "The Cavanaugh and Blanchard-Fields text includes a chapter on Social Cognition that is interesting as well as thorough; enabling instructors to highlight these timely and exciting research domains in a way that should stimulate thought-provoking discussions in the classroom. In addition the chapter about person-environment interactions would facilitate explaining aspects of aging relevant to this area that can be difficult to convey to undergraduates because of their complexity."

"The Cavanaugh and Blanchard-Fields text represents a current and comprehensive book covering adult development and aging. It is student friendly and covers all the important aspects of the adulthood and aging process…." I feel my students complete the course with a much-improved understanding of the normal processes of aging… I feel the book's greatest strength is its readability…it helps if the material can be understood and is fairly enjoyable. I believe the Cavanaugh and Blanchard-Fields text is effective in doing this. A second strength of the text is that the citations are current…the authors have kept pace with these changes and demonstrate to students the dynamic nature of this field."

"The students really like the case examples presented in the introduction sections of chapters and throughout the chapters…the end of the chapter review and questions are excellent…"

"The book is written by two well-known and relevant people in aging and development…These two have done extensive aging and development research and that is key for this book to continue to be used and admired by professionals."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780534507619
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 6/28/2001
  • Series: Psychology Series
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 576
  • Product dimensions: 7.64 (w) x 9.62 (h) x 1.02 (d)

Meet the Author

John C. Cavanaugh, Ph.D., University of Notre Dame, is chancellor of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. Previously, he was President of the University of West Florida. He is a fellow of the American Psychological Association, The American Psychological Society, and the Gerontological Society of America. He has been an American Council of Education Fellow and elected President of the Adult Development and Aging Division of the APA (Division 20). In addition, Dr. Cavanaugh was a Congressionally selected delegate to the 2005 White House Conference on Aging. His research interests in gerontology concern family care-giving as well as the role of beliefs in older adult's cognitive performance. He is also the co-author of HUMAN DEVELOPMENT: A LIFE-SPAN VIEW, Sixth Edition, with Robert V. Kail of Purdue University.

Fredda Blanchard-Fields, Ph.D., is Professor of Psychology and Chair of the department at Georgia Institute of Technology. Her current research interests include social cognition in adulthood and aging as well as everyday problem solving and emotion regulation from adolescence through older adulthood. She has been published in Psychology and Aging, Developmental Psychology, Current Directions in Psychological Science, and other journals. She is a fellow of both the American Psychological Association and the Gerontological Society of America and a member of the American Psychological Society, the Society for Research and Child Development, and the Psychonomics Society.

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Table of Contents

Ch. 1 Studying Adult Development and Aging 1
Ch. 2 Physical Changes 30
Ch. 3 Longevity, Health, and Functioning 68
Ch. 4 Clinical Assessment, Mental Health, and Mental Disorders 106
Ch. 5 Person-Environment Interactions and Optimal Aging 146
Ch. 6 Attention and Perceptual Processing 176
Ch. 7 Memory 208
Ch. 8 Intelligence 252
Ch. 9 Social Cognition 298
Ch. 10 Personality 328
Ch. 11 Relationships 366
Ch. 12 Work, Leisure, and Retirement 404
Ch. 13 Dying and Bereavement 446
References
Name Index
Glossary/Subject Index
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