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Summary: Our understanding of how human beings develop expands at an exciting, sometimes daunting rate. What remains constant is Kathleen Stassen Berger's ability to reach students with a portrayal of human development that is authoritative and on the cutting edge of the field.
The Developing Person Through the Life Span, Sixth Edition presents theory, research, practical examples, and policy issues in a way that inspires students to think about human development--a ...show morend about the individual's role in the community and the world. Review the new edition, and you'll find Berger's signature strengths on display--the perceptive analysis of current research, the lively and personal writing style, and the unmistakable commitment to students. You'll also find a wealth of new topics--plus a video-based Media Tool Kit that takes the teaching and learning of human development to a new level. ...show less
PART 1: BEGINNINGS
Greater emphasis on and new coverage of multiculturalism (Here Berger, identifies life-span development as multidirectional,
multicontextual, multicultural, multidisciplinary, and plastic)
New subsection, "Who Sleeps with Whom?" provides a detailed example of how lifestyle patterns are affected by cultural
A Case to Study: "This Sense of Liberation
Updated and expanded coverage of epigenetic theory
Greater emphasis and new coverage on sociocultural theory, especially on the work of Lev Vygotsky
New examples illustrate the impact of culture on development
Expanded discussion compares the perspectives of various theories on real-life examples (i.e. hyperactivity, sexual
Thinking Like a Scientist: "What Is a Mother For?" (featuring Harlow's research)
In Person: "My Beautiful, Hairless Babies" (the ethological perspective on maternal love
3. Heredity and Environment
New material concerning the successful mapping of the human genome
New discussion on the practices and controversies surrounding genetic testing and genetic counseling
Expanded discussion on the interaction between nature and nurture in exploring the development of senility (as an extended
Changing Policy: "Too Many Boys? Too Many Girls?"
A Case to Study: "What Do People Live to Do?"
4. Prenatal Development and Birth
Updated cross-cultural information on low birthweight, exposure to teratogens, and infant mortality
Changing Policy: "AIDS and Alcohol as Teratogens"
PART II: THE FIRST TWO YEARS: INFANTS AND TODDLERS
5. The First Two Years: Biosocial Development
New section on patterns of sleep
Expanded discussion of infant brain development, including new information on the cortex
More detailed section on sensation and perception (with new content on cognition)
Updated coverage of infant nutrition, including the benefits of breast feeding and the impact of malnutrition on infant
New section on public health issues and initiatives worldwide, with specific new coverage of immunization and sudden infant
A Case to Study: "Toni's Well-Child Visit"
Thinking Like a Scientist: "Plasticity and Young Orphans"
6. The First Two Years: Cognitive Development
Research-based challenges to Piaget's theories of early cognition
New and expanded coverage of information-processing theory
New coverage of language acquisition as affected by culture
Expanded coverage of theories of language learning
Thinking Like a Scientist: "Object Permanence Revisited"
7. The First Two Years: Psychosocial Development
Expanded coverage of temperament, including coverage of epigenetic theory
More on development of emotions in a social context [synchrony, social referencing]
Expanded and updated exploration of infant day care includes coverage of cross-cultural approaches to day care
A Case to Study: "Jacob's Parents on Autopilot
PART III: THE PLAY YEARS
8. The Play Years: Biosocial Development
New coverage of brain growth in early childhood, including the development of the pre-frontal cortex and gender and age
New section on the educational implications of brain development
Expanded discussion of serious injuries, with emphasis on prevention
Updated and heavily revised section on child maltreatment, its consequences, and prevention
A Case to Study: "The Neglect of Neglect: A 2-Year-Old Boy"
9. The Play Years: Cognitive Development
Expanded coverage of Vygotsky
Expanded coverage of Theory of Mind
Enhanced coverage of language development, including the role cognition plays in developing language and vocabulary skills
New coverage of bilingual education
New presentation of early-childhood education includes descriptions of various kinds of preschool programs.
10. The Play Years: Psychosocial Development
New coverage of the development of emotional regulation and emotional intelligence
New cross-cultural comparisons of parenting practices
Expanded section on the debate regarding the effects of violent TV programs and video games on aggressive behavior in
PART IV: THE SCHOOL YEARS
11. The School Years: Biosocial Development
New section on cultural factors and variations in obesity
New section on the ways in which brain development facilitates body movement and control
New research on causes of autism
Updated coverage and new research on diagnosing and treating psychopathologies, including ADHD and ADD, in young
In Person: "Two Children of Mexican Heritage in California"
A Case to Study: "Billy: Dynamo or Dynamite?"
12. The School Years: Cognitive Development
Expanded coverage of both Piagetian and Vygotskian theory
New research on information processing in the school years
New section, "Logic and Culture," contains new information about how children's understanding of logical principles is almost
identical around the globe.
New section on the speed of processing reviews the biological reasons why children can think faster as they grow older
New discussions and criticisms of Kohlberg's theory of moral development
New section presents various approaches to teaching reading and mathematics (including the debates and controversies
arising from differing ideologies)
New coverage of bilingual education
New discussion of standardized testing and its impact on education and cognitive development
Thinking Like a Scientist: "How Does Class Size Affect Learning?"
13. The School Years: Psychosocial Development
Updated section on bullying, with international comparisons and gender differences in types of bullying
Extensively revised discussion of family function and structure during the school years
New discussion of resilience in school-age children and on the importance of social support and religious faith in coping with
Thinking Like a Scientist: "Intervention to Stop Bullying: Impossible?"
PART V: ADOLESCENCE
14. Adolescence: Biosocial Development
Updated coverage and research on gender, genes, body weight, and stress as determinants of the timing of puberty
New material on risks associated with teenage sex
15. Adolescence: Cognitive Development
New research on advances in both intuitive and analytic modes of cognition
Expanded discussion of adolescent decision making about school, jobs, and sex, including cultural differences and the
capacity for risk/benefit analysis
Significantly expanded section on high school education
Thinking Like a Scientist: "Piaget's Balance Experiment
16. Adolescence: Psychosocial Development
Updated sections on adolescent depression, suicide, and rebellion
Expanded discussions of the importance of parents and peers in adolescent psychosocial development
In Person: "Talking to My Children About Marriage and Parenthood"
PART VI: EARLY ADULTHOOD
17. Early Adulthood: Biosocial Development
New section on psychopathologies (depression, schizophrenia, and antisocial behavior, especially male violence) in early
New coverage of gender differences in health status
A Case to Study: "Julia: 'Too Thin, As If That's Possible 18. Early Adulthood: Cognitive Development
In Person: Stages of Faith: Is My Faith at the Highest Stage?
Thinking Like a Scientist: "Reducing Stereotype Threat"
19. Early Adulthood: Psychosocial Development
Expanded discussion and new research on same-sex couples
Updated coverage of domestic violence
Reorganized and expanded section on marital roles includes new research on dual-earner families and single parents
A Case to Study: "Linda: 'Her Major Issues Were Relationships and Career'"
A Case to Study: "Linda Again: 'A Much Sturdier Self 20. Middle Adulthood: Biosocial Development
New discussion and research on the hazards and benefits of hormone replacement therapy
New research on the effects of gender, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, and immigrant status on health
Increased emphasis on health habits that can prevent or moderate secondary aging
21. Middle Adulthood: Cognitive Development
The chapter has been restructured to place a new emphasis on life-span changes and fluctuations in intelligence
In Person: "An Expert Parent"
22. Middle Adulthood: Psychosocial Development
New section on retirement
New coverage of personality, gender, and the mid-life crisis
Changing Policy: "Income and Age"
PART VIII: LATE ADULTHOOD
23. Late Adulthood: Biosocial Development
New section contrasts in ageism in various nations
Increased emphasis on health habits that can prevent moderate secondary aging
24. Late Adulthood: Cognitive Development
Reorganized treatment of cognition highlights new research on senescence, ageism, and illness
New research on risk factors for Alzheimer's and the current methods for treating the disease
25. Late Adulthood: Psychosocial Development
New coverage of palliative care
New coverage of diversity in elder caregiving practices and values
Deeper discussion of caregiving, including the psychological impact on both caregiver and care receiver
New material on wisdom and creativity in late adulthood
A Case to Study: "High Spirits in Old Age"
Epilogue: Death and Dying
Expanded coverage of active and passive euthanasia
new research on and discussion of living wills and health proxies
A Case to Study: "Ask My Husband"
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