Overview

The doubling of our average life span since the turn of the 20th century is considered by many scholars to be one of the most important changes in human existence. This definitive text is the only volume to fully address, through a multidisciplinary perspective, the biological, cognitive, and psychological development that occurs from infancy through old age, and how the sociocultural and institutional factors interface with these changes.



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Overview

The doubling of our average life span since the turn of the 20th century is considered by many scholars to be one of the most important changes in human existence. This definitive text is the only volume to fully address, through a multidisciplinary perspective, the biological, cognitive, and psychological development that occurs from infancy through old age, and how the sociocultural and institutional factors interface with these changes.



Edited by leading research scholars in the field of life-span development, the volume also includes contributions of specialists in behavioral genetics, socioemotional selectivity theory, neuroscience, ecological models, and more. It examines the dynamics of close relationships and informal ties among the elderly population, child-parent attachment relationships as a life-span phenomenon, developmental tasks across the lifespan, continuity and discontinuity in temperament and personality, the sociocultural context of cognition across the life span, and variability in approaches to social problem solving from early to later life. Given the number of recent demographic shifts, it also explores issues related to fertility, life expectancy, environmental contexts, technology, immigration, and public policy.



Key Features:



  • Integrates the full life span from infancy through old age in each chapter
  • Considers multidisciplinary perspectives that address personal relationships, cognitive development, and social, emotional, and physical health across the life span
  • Situates life-span development in ecological contexts (e.g., socioeconomic, neighborhood, and immigration status)
  • Provides a concise but thorough resource for graduate seminars in life-span-related studies
  • Highlights future issues in all areas of life-span study

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Editorial Reviews

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Reviewer: Gary B Kaniuk, Psy.D.(Cermak Health Services)
Description: This book addresses life span development in terms of cognitive development, social-emotional relationships, and physical/psychological health.
Purpose: The purpose is to "address, through a multidisciplinary perspective, the biological, cognitive, and psychological development that occurs from infancy through old age, and how the sociocultural and institutional factors interface with these changes."
Audience: Described as a resource "for graduate seminars in life-span-related studies," the book would be appropriate for clinicians, researchers, and individuals involved in public policy development. The editors include Karen Fingerman, from Purdue University, whose research focuses on middle-aged adults; Cynthia Berg, a professor of psychology at the University of Utah, whose research is of individuals in close relationships; Jacqui Smith, professor of psychology at the University of Michigan, who studies midlife and old age; and Toni Antonucci, also a professor at the University of Michigan, who studies social relations and health across the lifespan. They are joined by 77 contributors in writing this book.
Features: The book begins with theoretical perspectives of life-span development including task theory, agency and control, social relations, and facets of change. Next, it focuses on cognitive and physical factors, showing how intelligence and personality affect health outcomes. It also address basic cognitive functions such as memory, problem-solving, executive functioning, and attribution style across the life-span. The third section looks at social and emotional functioning, including the stability of personality traits. Finally, the book explores various contexts of development including behavioral genetics, social inequalities, family environment, and the influence of neighborhoods. The interesting chapter on emotional experience begins with emotional experience in infants and traces feelings of well-being through the various stages of life. An enlightening chapter on social inequalities clearly reveals obvious disparities among racial and ethnic groups in terms of economics and health status. Though not all members of minority groups remain disadvantaged all their lives, there still exist discriminatory practices in society which are difficult to overcome. Each chapter looks at the full life span, which is extremely helpful in making comparisons, as is the discussion of various contexts and perspectives. There are helpful tables and figures, though it would have been good to include more in order to clarify the text.
Assessment: This helpful book discusses the full life span in each chapter in order to compare and contrast the various stages of development. The international authorship has put together an easy to read book covering 33 different topics over 905 pages. Backed by research, it includes hundreds of references to follow up on. It is a great book for graduate students as well as clinicians.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780826110800
  • Publisher: Springer Publishing Company, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 12/25/2010
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 905
  • File size: 5 MB

Meet the Author

Karen L. Fingerman is the Berner Hanley University Scholar and Associate Professor of Developmental and Family Studies at Purdue University. She is also Director of Purdue's Adult Family Research Center. She has conducted research and published numerous scholarly articles on positive and negative emotions in social relationships. Dr. Fingerman is currently directing a study funded by the National Institute on Aging concerning adult sons and daughters and their parents. She was the 1998 recipient of the Springer Award for Early Career Achievement from APA's Division 20 (Adult Development and Aging) and the 1999 recipient of the Margaret Baltes Award for Early Career Achievement in Social and Behavioral Gerontology from the Gerontological Society of America. She is on the Editorial Board of the International Journal of Aging and Human Development and the Journals of Gerontology.

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Table of Contents

1. Overview of lifespan development

PART I: Theory

2. Control and agency in development

3. Behavioral genetics

4. Attachment theory

5. Life Course

6. Selection, Optimization, and Compensation

7. Socioemotional selectivity theory

8. Convoy model

9. Ecological Models

10. Developmental trajectories: Stability and Change

PART II: Physical and Cognitive Development

11. Early precursors of later health

12. Brain development

13. Language development

14. Life narratives

15. Problem solving

16. Trajectories of intelligence

17. Developmental delays and late life cognitive impairment

18. Prenatal predictors of late life outcomes

PART III: Socioemotional Development

19. Close relationships

20. Peers and not so close ties

21. Temperament and personality

22. Emotions

23. Coping and stress

24. Psychopathology

25. Loss and disruptions

PART IV: Society and Culture

26. Demographic changes: Fertility, life expectancy, aging populations

27. Neighborhoods and environmental contexts

28. Social inequalities

29. Technology and relationships

30. Acculturation and socialization

31. Immigration

32. Public Policy

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