The Developing Person Through the Life Span / Edition 8

The Developing Person Through the Life Span / Edition 8

by Kathleen Stassen Berger
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The Developing Person Through the Life Span / Edition 8

Kathleen Stassen Berger's best-selling books on all stages of human development present theory, research, practical examples, and controversial issues in a way that inspires students to think about development--and about the individual's role in the community and the world. The Fifth edition of The Developing Person Through the Life Span again weaves theory, research and applications into a masterful narrative that captivates and involves students. All the Berger hallmarks are here, along with new content, features, media, and supplements that make this edition the most effective and far-reaching to date.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781429232050
Publisher: Worth Publishers
Publication date: 02/18/2011
Edition description: Eighth Edition
Pages: 667
Sales rank: 704,220
Product dimensions: 9.00(w) x 10.80(h) x 1.20(d)

Table of Contents

Part IThe Beginnings1
Chapter 1Introduction3
Studying the Life Span: Five Characteristics3
A Case to Study: "This Sense of Liberation"8
In Person: My Nephew David16
Developmental Study as a Science18
Studying Changes over Time23
Ethics and Science29
Chapter 2Theories of Development33
What Theories Do33
Grand Theories34
Thinking Like a Scientist: What Is a Mother For?40
Emergent Theories45
In Person: My Beautiful, Hairless Babies51
What Theories Can Contribute52
Chapter 3Heredity and Environment59
The Genetic Code59
Changing Policy: Too Many Boys? Too Many Girls?63
Thinking Like a Scientist: The Human Genome Project69
From Genotype to Phenotype70
Chromosomal and Genetic Abnormalities75
A Case to Study: What Do People Live to Do?81
Changing Policy: Decisions and Values86
Chapter 4Prenatal Development and Birth91
From Zygote to Newborn91
Risk Reduction97
Changing Policy: AIDS and Alcohol as Teratogens102
The Birth Process107
Part IIThe First Two Years: Infants and Toddlers119
Chapter 5The First Two Years: Biosocial Development121
Body Changes121
A Case to Study: Toni's Well-Child Visit122
Early Brain Development125
Thinking Like a Scientist: Plasticity and Young Orphans129
The Senses and Motor Skills130
In Person: the Normal Berger Daughters135
Public Health Measures136
Chapter 6The First Two Years: Cognitive Development147
Sensorimotor Intelligence147
Thinking Like a Scientist: Object Permanence Revisited150
Information Processing154
Language: What Develops in Two Years?158
Chapter 7The First Two Years: Psychosocial Development171
A Case to Study: Parents on Autopilot172
Theories About Early Psychosocial Development172
Emotional Development178
The Development of Social Bonds180
Conclusions in Theory and Practice189
Part IIIThe Play Years195
Chapter 8The Play Years: Biosocial Development197
Body and Brain197
Motor Skills and Avoidable Injuries203
Changing Policy: Fences All Around the Pool207
Child Maltreatment208
A Case to Study: The Neglect of Neglect: A 2-Year-Old Boy211
Chapter 9The Play Years: Cognitive Development217
How Children Think: Piaget and Vygotsky217
In Person: Fast Mapping: Mommy the Brat227
Early-Childhood Education230
Chapter 10The Play Years: Psychosocial Development237
Emotional Development237
Parenting Patterns246
Boy or Girl: So What?253
In Person: Berger and Freud255
Part IVThe School Years263
Chapter 11The School Years: Biosocial Development265
In Person: Two Children of Mexican Heritage in California266
A Healthy Time267
Brain Development271
Children with Special Needs276
A Case to Study: Billy: Dynamo or Dynamite?276
Chapter 12The School Years: Cognitive Development289
Building on Piaget and Vygotsky289
Information Processing296
Teaching and Learning301
Thinking Like a Scientist: How Does Class Size Affect Learning?302
Chapter 13The School Years: Psychosocial Development313
The Child's Emotions and Concerns313
The Peer Group317
Thinking Like a Scientist: Intervention to Stop Bullying: Impossible?322
Families and Children323
Coping with Problems330
Part VAdolescence339
Chapter 14Adolescence: Biosocial Development341
Puberty Begins341
Hazards to Health350
Changing Policy: Postponing Teenage Drug Experimentation358
Chapter 15Adolescence: Cognitive Development363
Intellectual Advances363
Thinking Like a Scientist: Piaget's Balance Experiment364
Adolescent Decision Making372
Chapter 16Adolescence: Psychosocial Development385
The Self and Identity385
Sadness and Anger391
Family and Friends397
In Person: Talking to My Children About Marriage and Parenthood400
Part VIEarly Adulthood411
Chapter 17Early Adulthood: Biosocial Development413
Growth, Strength, and Health413
Emotional Problems in Early Adulthood423
A Case to Study: Julia Again: "Too Thin, As If That's Possible"425
Chapter 18Early Adulthood: Cognitive Development435
Postformal Thought436
Thinking Like a Scientist: Reducing Stereotype Threat442
Adult Moral Reasoning445
In Person: Faith and Tolerance449
Cognitive Growth and Higher Education449
In Person: A Dialectical View of Cheating454
Chapter 19Early Adulthood: Psychosocial Development459
Theories of Adulthood459
A Case to Study: Linda: "Her Major Issues Were Relationships and Career"461
In Person: Romance and Reality: Changing Expectations474
A Case to Study: Linda: "A Much Sturdier Self"485
Part VIIMiddle Adulthood489
Chapter 20Middle Adulthood: Biosocial Development491
Primary and Secondary Aging491
Measuring Health498
Health Habits Through the Years502
Thinking Like a Scientist: World Health and the Tragedy of the Commons508
Ethnic Variations in Health509
Chapter 21Middle Adulthood: Cognitive Development519
What Is Intelligence?519
Thinking Like a Scientist: Case by Case527
Selective Gains and Losses530
In Person: An Experienced Parent531
A Case to Study: "Men Come and Go"539
Chapter 22Middle Adulthood: Psychosocial Development543
Personality Throughout Adulthood543
Family Relationships in Midlife549
Work in Middle Adulthood564
Changing Policy: Income and Age566
Part VIIILate Adulthood573
Chapter 23Late Adulthood: Biosocial Development575
Prejudice and Predictions576
Primary Aging in Late Adulthood583
Theories of Aging593
The Centenarians599
Chapter 24Late Adulthood: Cognitive Development605
Changes in Information Processing605
Reasons for Age-Related Changes611
Thinking Like a Scientist: Neuroscience and Brain Activity611
New Cognitive Development in Later Life625
Chapter 25Late Adulthood: Psychosocial Development633
Theories of Late Adulthood634
A Case to Study: Mrs. Edwards, Doing Just Fine642
Keeping Active644
The Social Convoy649
The Frail Elderly656
Changing Policy: Between Fragile and Frail: Protective Buffers660
Epilogue: Death and Dying1
Deciding How to Die1
Medical Professionals2
Legal Preparations4
Preparing for Death7
Avoiding Despair7
A Case to Study: "Ask My Son and My Husband"8
Cultural Variations9
Coping with Bereavement12
Forms of Sorrow12
Contemporary Challenges14
Responses to Bereavement15
Appendix ASupplemental Charts, Graphs, and Tables1
Appendix BMore About Research Methods1
Appendix CSuggestions for Research Assignments1
Name Index1
Subject Index1

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