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This best-selling book discusses the aspects of “successful aging,” covering growth and development from young adulthood to old age, and the impact that culture, gender, and individual differences have on these processes. Its conversational and positive tone keeps readers interested in the subject matter, as it encourages them to apply the concepts of the book to their own lives. It presents research findings, theories, and models from the fields of developmental psychology, social psychology, health psychology, sociology, and others to discuss topics of prevention, compensation, gains, and losses. For psychologists, sociologists, and gerontologists interested in a valuable resource for information about the aging process.
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This textbook defines terms, describes key concepts, and presents major theories of adult development; discusses health and medicine, behavior genetics, cognitive development, social psychology, sociology, economics, and social development in the context of adult development, based on empirical findings from these disciplines; and covers such topics as the growth of meaning, dealing with stress, conceptualizing the transitions of adulthood, and confronting death. New edition features new information about Alzheimer's disease, anxiety and depression in adulthood, health benefits of hormone replacement therapy, sexuality in older adulthood, human factors research with aging populations, theory of mind explanations of cognitive aging, and women's work roles and retirement. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780130109538
  • Publisher: Pearson Education
  • Publication date: 7/14/1999
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 492
  • Product dimensions: 8.24 (w) x 10.27 (h) x 0.97 (d)

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 - Introduction to Adult Development

    Basic Concepts in Adult Development

    Sources of Stability

    A Word about "Age"

    Setting the Course: Some Guiding Perspectives

    Developmental Research

    A Final Word


    Key Terms

    Suggested Reading

Chapter 2 - Physical Changes

    Theories of Primary Aging

    Physical Changes During Adulthood

    Changes in Physical Behavior

    Individual Differences in Primary Aging

    Can We "Turn Back the Clock" of Primary Aging?

    An Overview of the Physical Changes in Adulthood


    Key Terms

    Suggested Reading

Chapter 3 - Health and Health Habits

    Mortality Rates and Causes of Death

    Morbidity Rates, Illness, and Disabilities

    Specific Diseases

    Mental Disorders

    Individual Differences in Health


    Key Terms

    Suggested Reading

Chapter 4 - Cognitive Abilities



    Real-World Cognition

    Individual Differences in Cognitive Change


    Key Terms

    Suggested Reading

Chapter 5 - Social Roles

    Social Roles and Transitions

    Gender Roles and Gender Stereotypes

    Social Roles in Early Adulthood

    Social Roles in Middle Adulthood

    Social Roles in Late Adulthood

    Social Roles in Atypical Families

    The Effect of Variations in Timing


    Key Terms

    Suggested Reading

Chapter 6 - Social Relationships

    Theories of Social Relationships

    Intimate Partnerships in Adulthood

    Relationships with Other Family Members

    Friendships in Adulthood


    Key Terms

    Suggested Reading

Chapter 7 - Work and Retirement

    The Importance of Work in Adulthood

    Selecting a Career

    Age Trends in Work Experience

    Work and Personal Life


    A Concluding Note


    Key Terms

    Suggested Reading

Chapter 8 - Personality            

    Personality Structures

    Theories of Personality Development


    Key Terms

    Suggested Reading

Chapter 9 - The Quest for Meaning

    Why a Chapter on the Quest for Meaning

    The Study of Age-Related Changes in Meaning Systems

    Theories of Spiritual Development

    Integrating Meaning and Personality: A Preliminary Theoretical Synthesis

    The Process of Transition

    Commentary and Conclusions


    Key Terms

    Suggested Reading

Chapter 10 - Stress, Coping, and Resistance

    Stress, Stressors, and Stress Reactions

    Types of Stress

    Effects of Stress

    Coping with Stress



    Key Terms

    Suggested Reading

Chapter 11 - Death and Bereavement

    Achieving an Understanding of Death

    The Process of Death

    After Death Occurs: Rituals and Grieving

    Lying and Dying: A Final Word


    Key Terms

    Suggested Reading

Chapter 12 - The Successful Journey

    Themes of Adult Development

    Variations in Successful Adult Development


    Key Terms

    Suggested Reading





Author Index

Subject Index


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