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Boyd/Bee, Lifespan Development provides the most support for student learning and student success.

For undergraduate courses in Human Development / Lifespan Development.

Provides strong applications, and integrated learning objectives and assessment. Students who want to know "What does current research say?" and "Why is this important?" will appreciate both the applied nature of this text and the clarity and rigor of the authors' presentation of current research. An exceptional pedagogical package that ties the textbook to online MyDevelopmentLab study tools complements the student-centered approach of the book and offers students the benefit of frequent self-assessment.

Available with MyDevelopmentLab!

MyDevelopmentLab ( includes MyVirtualChild, an interactive simulation which allows students to raise their own virtual child and see how their parenting decisions along with other factors influence the development of their virtual child. Click here for a brief overview of MyVirtualChild: Class Prep is included in MyDevelopmentLab for instructors. Click here for a brief overview of Class Prep:

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

“The greatest strengths are No Easy Answers”, “Research Report”, “Policy Questions”, & “The Real World” boxes. The organization of the textbook.” ~Jeanine Pontes-Boelter, Sonoma State University

“The greatest strengths are the readability, the clear and concise presentation, and the brevity.” ~ Linda Petroff, Central Community College

“Engaging and does not overdo the technical language. The themed essays are timely and relevant and would spur student interest and discussion.” ~ Wanda Clark, South Plains College

“Research is up-to-date and attempts were made to make the information relevant to today's students.” ~ Laura Pirazzi, San Jose State University

“Clear, readable, interesting, good coverage, and reasonably short for a lifespan text.” ~ Stephanie Stein, Central Washington University

“The authors do a good job of consolidating information, presenting interesting discussion topics, and providing students with opportunities to test their knowledge.” ~ Alisha Janowsky, University of Central Florida

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780205037520
  • Publisher: Pearson
  • Publication date: 2/4/2011
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 6
  • Pages: 648
  • Sales rank: 268,565
  • Product dimensions: 8.90 (w) x 10.80 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Denise Boyd received her Ed.D. in educational psychology from the University of Houston and has been a psychology instructor in the Houston Community College System since 1988. From 1995 until 1998, she chaired the psychology, sociology, and anthropology department at Houston Community College–Central. She has coauthored four other Allyn and Bacon texts: with Helen Bee, The Developing Child (Twelfth Edition), and The Growing Child (First Edition); and with Genevieve Stevens, Current Readings in Lifespan Development. A licensed psychologist, she has presented a number of papers at professional meetings, reporting research in child, adolescent, and adult development. She has also presented workshops for teachers whose students range from preschool to college.

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Table of Contents


1. Basic Concepts and Methods.

2. Theories of Development.

3. Prenatal Development and Birth.

Policy Question: Should Pregnant Women Who Use Illicit Drugs Be Prosecuted?


4. Physical, Sensory, and Perceptual Development in Infancy.

5. Cognitive Development in Infancy.

6. Social and Personality Development in Infancy.

Policy Question: Are "Save Haven" Policies a Good Idea?


7. Physical and Cognitive Development in Early Childhood.

8. Social and Personality Development in Early Childhood.

Policy Question: “Deadbeat Dads”: Irresponsible Parents or Political Scapegoats?


9. Physical and Cognitive Development in Middle Childhood.

10. Social and Personality Development in Middle Childhood.

Policy Question: Has Test-Based Reform Improved Schools in the United States?


11. Physical and Cognitive Development in Adolescence.

12. Social and Personality Development in Adolescence.

Policy Question: Should Video Games be Regulated by the Government?


13. Physical and Cognitive Development in Early Adulthood.

14. Social and Personality Development in Early Adulthood.

Policy Question: What Reforms are Needed in the Student Loan System?


15. Physical and Cognitive Development in Middle Adulthood.

16. Social and Personality Development in Middle Adulthood.

Policy Question: What Types of Couples Should be Sanctioned by Society?


17. Physical and Cognitive Development in Late Adulthood.

18. Social and Personality Development in Late Adulthood.
19. Death, Dying, and Bereavement.

Policy Question: How Should Stem Cell Research Be Funded and Regulated?

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