This 13-chapter text provides a comprehensive account of adult development and aging: covering the entire adult lifespan with extra emphasis on late adulthood. The book is divided into four parts: exploring the world of adulthood (introduction, metatheories and research methods); the world of body and mind (physical and cognitive/moral development); the social world (education, work, retirement and leisure, relationships and lifestyles, living arrangements, community support and caregiving); and the inner world (personality development, mental health, coping and successful aging, confronting death and bereavement). All periods of adulthood are viewed with equal importance with the idea that they all provide important and challenging opportunities for growth and change, and each chapter begins with a biographical vignette about a well-known person (such as Betty Friedman and Nelson Mandela) whose life dramatizes important issues discussed in the chapter. These vignettes illustrate that adult development is not just a dry science, but a very human story. There is strong balance between theoretical, empirical and practical concerns and strong cross-cultural research - multi-cultural and multi-ethnic coverage is integrated throughout the text. Contemporary lifestyle variations are covered, including single parenting, dual earner families, homosexuality, grandparent caregivers and more.
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Diane E. Papalia As a professor, Diane E. Papalia has taught thousands of undergraduates at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She received her bachelor’s degree, majoring in psychology, from Vassar College and both her master’s degree in child development and family relations and her Ph.D. in life-span developmental psychology from West Virginia University. She has published numerous articles in such professional journals as Human Development, International Journal of Aging and Human Development, Sex Roles, Journal of Experimental Child Psychology and Journal of Gerontology. Most of these papers have dealt with her major research focus, cognitive development from childhood through old age. She is especially interested in intelligence in old age and factors that contribute to the maintenance of intellectual functioning in late adulthood. She is a Fellow in the Gerontological Society of America. She is the coauthor, with Sally Wendkos Olds and Ruth Duskin Feldman, of A Child's World, now in its eighth edition; of Psychology with Sally Wendkos Olds; and of Adult Development and Aging, with Cameron J. Camp and Ruth Duskin Feldman.
Ruth Duskin Feldman is an award-winning writer and educator. With Diane E. Papalia and Sally Wendkos Olds, she coauthored the fourth and seventh editions of Human Development and the eighth edition of A Child's World. She also is coauthor, with Dr.Papalia and Cameron J. Camp, of Adult Development and Aging. A former teacher, she has developed educational materials for all levels from elementary school through college and has prepared ancillaries to accompany the Papalia-Olds books. She is author or coauthor of four books addressed to general readers, including Whatever Happened to the Quiz Kids? Perils and Profits of Growing Up Gifted. She has written for numerous newspapers and magazines and has lectured extensively and made national and local media appearances throughout the United States on education and gifted children. She received her bachelor's degree from Northwestern University, where she was graduated with highest distinction and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa.
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