Adult Development

Adult Development

Adult Development

Adult Development

Synopsis

"This volume contains an expansion of the material dealt with in the first edition plus extensive updating that incorporates significant recent research. It presents an integrative view of the field of adult development as well as an orientation to research and practice for interested professionals. The material is organized around a topical approach that deals with processes within several major areas of human functioning. . . . The book is for advanced undergraduates, as it requires some sophistication on the part of the reader. An excellent addition to academic libraries, it can serve as a valuable reference and source book." Choice "[The book] is a distinctive contribution to the array of texts on adult development. Whitbourne's second edition is a very useful and unique addition to the existing textbooks in the field. It could well serve as a text for advanced courses on adult development, particularly with a psychosocial orientation." Contemporary Psychology

Excerpt

Adult development is a topic that is receiving increased attention within the fields of psychology, sociology, medicine, and biology. One reason for the attention being given to this topic is the broad potential relevance of information on change and stability during the adult years for the purposes of developing theories of human development and adaptation. A second reason is the applied utility of information on adulthood. In the fields of health, law, education, and social services, practitioners are constantly making decisions about adults that take factors related to age into account. Information from the field of adult development can help professionals make better decisions for individual treatment. The main purpose of this book is to provide the student who has had some background in the psychology or sociology of human development with an up-to-date and integrated view of the field of adult development. A second purpose is to orient professionals, in both applied and research settings, to issues concerning developmental processes in adulthood that may be of use to them in their own work.

This book covers development in adulthood according to processes within several major areas of human functioning: physiology, cognition, personality, family relationships, and work. The theme that integrates these diverse topics is identity. A brief version of the model of adult identity that forms the theoretical basis for the book is presented in Chapter 1. This description of the adult identity model is in sufficient detail to be used in Chapters 2 through 5 as a basis for hypothesizing about how physical and cognitive development pertains to identity. In Chapter 2 is summarized the most recent available research on physiological development during adulthood. This chapter is far more detailed than is usually found in a text on adult development, reflecting my own personal interest in the physical aspects of aging and my belief that physical development is usually too easily overlooked by psychologists. I have tried to present the material in Chapter 2 in a form that will be readily understandable by other social . . .

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