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Handbook of Life-Span Development
     

Handbook of Life-Span Development

by Lawerence Berg, Karen L. Fingerman, Toni C. Antonucci, Jacqui Smith, Cynthia Berg
 

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"The handbook is an impressive collection of research studies and theories provided by knowledgeable contributors on life-span development from conception to old age."--Anthropology and Aging Quarterly

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

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"The handbook is an impressive collection of research studies and theories provided by knowledgeable contributors on life-span development from conception to old age."--Anthropology and Aging Quarterly

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

Editorial Reviews

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780826110800
Publisher:
Springer Publishing Company
Publication date:
12/25/2010
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
650
File size:
5 MB

Meet the Author

Toni Antonucci, PhD, Associate Dean for Academic Initiatives and Interdisciplinary Studies, Elizabeth M. Douvan Collegiate Professor of Psychology and Senior Research Scientist, Institute for Social Research Life Course Development Program, University of Michigan. Dr. Antonucci's contributions to professional journals and as a chapter author are too numerous to cite. She has been honored as the President of the Society for the Study of Human Development; International Assoc. of Gerontology and Geriatrics, Scientific Committee; Past-President of Adult Development and Aging, Division 20 of American Psychological Association (APA); Past-President of the Gerontological Society of America; 2001 Master Mentor Award from APA Division, Council Member, International Association of Gerontology.

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