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Social and Personality Development 6th Edition

David R. Shaffer

  • Published
  • Previous Editions 2005, 2000, 1994
  • 608 Pages


The success of this best-selling text lies in the author's belief that a good text talks with, rather than at, its readers. Shaffer does an extraordinary job of anticipating students' interests, questions, and concerns while treating them as active participants in the process of learning about social and personality development. The Sixth edition of SOCIAL AND PERSONALITY DEVELOPMENT features clearly written, current coverage of social and personality development that aids students in discovering the causes, processes, and complexities that underlie developmental change. Students learn why biological and environmental factors, contextual factors such as cross-cultural, familial, neighborhood, school, and peer-group influences cause change in children. Shaffer also explores the approaches that researchers use to test their theories and answer important questions about developing children and adolescents. This book's effective coverage of field research stands out from other texts not only for its accuracy and currency, but because Shaffer consistently juxtaposes classic research with the latest breakthroughs in a way that helps students appreciate how knowledge builds on earlier findings. This edition features a much stronger emphasis on cultural influences on development.

David R. Shaffer, University of Georgia

David Shaffer is a professor of psychology, chair of the Social Psychology program, and past chair of the Life-Span Developmental Psychology program at the University of Georgia, where he has taught courses in human development to graduate and undergraduate students for the past 30 years. His many research articles have concerned such topics as altruism, attitudes and persuasion, moral development, sex roles and social behavior, self-disclosure, and social psychology and the law. He has also served as associate editor for the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, Personality and Social Bulletin, and Journal of Personality. In 1990, Dr. Shaffer received the Josiah Meigs award for Excellence in Instruction, the University of Georgia's highest instructional honor.
  • A new, attractive 2-color design gives the book a brighter and more "open" look, and calls out important information for students. Over 25 percent of the boxes in this revision are also new and the remaining ones have been updated to reflect new research and findings.
  • New Chapter 4, "Emotional Development," traces the development of emotional expressiveness (including increased attention to its cultural influences), emotional recognition/knowledge, and emotional regulation with an emphasis on how all of these aspects of emotional competence might contribute to a child's social competencies. In addition, Shaffer has expanded the coverage of temperament and temperamental influences on development.
  • Chapter 6, "Development of the Self and Social Cognition," has been significantly expanded and updated to include new findings and conclusions about the stability of self-esteem across the transition to adolescence; a new section on cultural and subcultural influences on self-esteem; new research on improving the body images and self-esteem of adolescent girls; recent evidence that young children's trait-like reasoning may not qualify as trait reasoning; and discussion on Baron-Cohen's biological theory of "theory of mind."
  • This edition includes extensive research updates on topics such as cultural/subcultural/historical influences on development, with emphasis on the impacts of economic disadvantage on child development; an even stronger focus on the intricate interplays among biological and environmental forces in shaping development; stronger and more frequent illustrations that developmental outcomes depend very crucially on the "goodness of fit" between persons and their socializing environments; and greater emphasis on the importance of good peer relations and high-quality friendships (and on the interplays between families and peers as socializing agents); as well as expanded coverage of adolescent development.
  • There are significant updates on the impacts of alternative care on social and emotional development in Chapter 5. In addition, attachment is now covered in chapter 5 (previously covered in both chapters 4 and 5).
  • Chapter 7 includes significant updates on the development of children's achievement attributions, recent evidence that there are right and wrong ways to praise success and create a mastery achievement orientation, increased coverage of cultural influences on achievement, and a new section on creativity and special talents.
  • "Developmental Issues" boxes examine a variety of developmentally significant topics or processes. For example, "Family Instability, Homelessness, and Child Development."
  • "Focus on Research" boxes discuss a study or series of related studies that have been highly influential in illuminating the causes of development or individual differences in development. For example, "How Girls are More Aggressive Than Boys."
  • Several philosophical views guide Shaffer's text: an emphasis on theory, systematic research, a"process" orientation, a "contextual" orientation, the holistic process of human development, and the fact that a textbook should be a resource book for students¿one that reflects current knowledge.
  • "Cultural Influence" boxes examine the impacts of cultures, subcultures, or other social contexts on selected aspects of child and adolescent development, such as "Culture Differences in the Expression of Anger and Shame."
  • "Developmental Issues" boxes examine a variety of developmentally significant topics or processes. For example, "Family Instability, Homelessness, and Child Development."
1. Introduction.
2. Classical Theories of Social and Personality Development.
3. Recent Perspectives on Social and Personality Development.
4. Emotional Development and Temperament.
5. Establishment of Intimate Relationships and Their Implications for Future Development.
6. Development of the Self and Social Cognition.
7. Achievement.
8. Sex Differences, Gender Role Development and Sexuality.
9. Aggression and Antisocial Conduct.
10. Altruism and Moral Development.
11. The Family.
12. Extrafamilial Influences I: Television, Computers and Schooling.
13. Extrafamilial Influences II: Peers as Socialization Agents.
14. Epilogue: Putting the Pieces Together.

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  • ISBN-10: 1133336124
  • ISBN-13: 9781133336129
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  • ISBN-10: 0495600385
  • ISBN-13: 9780495600381
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Cengage provides a range of supplements that are updated in coordination with the main title selection. For more information about these supplements, contact your Learning Consultant.


Web Site

ISBN: 9780495601722

eBank Transparencies

ISBN: 9780495599517

Instructor's Manual with Test Bank

ISBN: 9780495599494
Written by David Shaffer, Each chapter of the Instructor's Manual with Test Bank includes chapter outlines, learning objectives, annotated web links, approximately 80 multiple choice, 15 short answer essay, and 20 true/false items per chapter. Twenty items per chapter will be available to students as an on-line quiz. These items will be appropriately marked in the Instructor's Manual.


Web Site

ISBN: 9780495601722