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Human Development: A Life-Span View 7th Edition

Robert V. Kail | John C. Cavanaugh

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Capture students' interest while introducing them to the issues, forces, and outcomes that make us who we are with HUMAN DEVELOPMENT: A LIFE-SPAN VIEW. Comprehensive, succinct, and applied, the seventh edition reflects the authors' combined expertise, which results in balanced descriptions of all life-span stages and major topics. A modified chronological approach traces development from conception through late life, complemented by content on key topical issues. Theoretical and empirical material enables students to become educated, critical interpreters of developmental information. A blend of basic and applied research, as well as coverage of controversial topics and emergent trends, demonstrates connections between the laboratory and life.

Robert V. Kail, Purdue University

Robert V. Kail is Distinguished Professor of Psychological Sciences at Purdue University. His undergraduate degree is from Ohio Wesleyan University and his Ph.D. is from the University of Michigan. Dr. Kail is editor of Child Development Perspectives and editor emeritus of Psychological Science. He received the McCandless Young Scientist Award from the American Psychological Association, was named the Distinguished Sesquicentennial Alumnus in Psychology by Ohio Wesleyan University, is a fellow of the Association for Psychological Science, and is an honorary professor at the University of Heidelberg, Germany. He is also author of CHILDREN AND THEIR DEVELOPMENT and SCIENTIFIC WRITING FOR PSYCHOLOGY. His research focuses on cognitive development during childhood and adolescence.

John C. Cavanaugh, Consortium of Universities of the Washington Metropolitan Area

John C. Cavanaugh is President and CEO of the Consortium of Universities of the Washington Metropolitan Area. Previously, he served as chancellor of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education and as president of the University of West Florida. Dr. Cavanaugh received his undergraduate degree from the University of Delaware and his Ph.D. from the University of Notre Dame. He is a fellow of the American Psychological Association, the Association for Psychological Science, and the Gerontological Society of America, and has served as president of the Adult Development and Aging Division (Division 20) of the APA. He is also author (with the late Fredda Blanchard-Fields) of ADULT DEVELOPMENT AND AGING. His research interests in gerontology concern family caregiving as well as the role of beliefs in older adults' cognitive performance.

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  • The authors' modified chronological treatment reduces redundancy and emphasizes the integrated biopsychosocial model of human development over the course of the life span. This organization also allows the book to be briefer (just 16 chapters) and more manageable for a one-semester course.
  • Carefully crafted pedagogy in each section includes a set of learning objectives, a vignette, typically one or more "Think About It" questions in the margin to encourage critical thinking, and end-of-section "Test Yourself" questions that reinforce key messages. For easy assignment and to help readers visually organize the material, major units within each chapter are numbered.
  • Chapter pedagogy includes a chapter-opening table of contents; a bulleted chapter-ending summary, organized by learning objective within each major section; and a list of key terms (with page references).
  • Adolescent development is covered in two chapters--physical/cognitive development and socioemotional development--to give each topic the coverage appropriate for most courses.
  • The book's three special features--"Spotlight on Research," "Real People," and "What Do You Think?"--are a significant reason why this textbook is unique. To help students stay focused on the content, these features are woven seamlessly yet distinctively into the narrative rather than being boxed off from the flow of the chapter. Each feature appears in nearly every chapter.
  • Each "Spotlight on Research" feature highlights a specific study discussed in the text, helping students understand the science and scope of life-span development.
  • "Real People: Applying Human Development" features illustrate how a development issue is manifested in the life of a real person.
  • "What Do You Think?" features ask students to think critically about social and developmental issues.

Human Development: A Life-Span View


1. The Study of Human Development.
2. Biological Foundations: Heredity, Prenatal Development, and Birth. 
3. Tools for Exploring the World: Physical, Perceptual, and Motor Development. 
4. The Emergence of Thought and Language: Cognitive Development in Infancy and Early Childhood. 
5. Entering the Social World: Socioemotional Development in Infancy and Early Childhood. 
6. Off to School: Cognitive and Physical Development in Middle Childhood. 
7. Expanding Social Horizons: Socioemotional Development in Middle Childhood. 
8. Rites of Passage: Physical and Cognitive Development in Adolescence. 
9. Moving Into the Adult Social World: Socioemotional Development in Adolescence. 
10. Becoming an Adult: Physical, Cognitive, and Personality Development in Young Adulthood. 
11. Being With Others: Forming Relationships in Young and Middle Adulthood. 
12. Work, Leisure, and Retirement. 
13. Making It in Midlife: The Biopsychosocial Challenges of Middle Adulthood. 
14. The Personal Context of Later Life: Physical, Cognitive, and Mental Health Issues. 
15. Social Aspects of Later Life: Psychosocial, Retirement, Relationship, and Societal Issues. 
16. The Final Passage: Dying and Bereavement. 
Name Index. 
Subject Index.

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