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Life-Span Human Development

Life-Span Human Development - 3rd edition

ISBN13: 978-0534354428

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Life-Span Human Development - 3RD 99 edition

ISBN13: 978-0534354428

Carol K. Sigelman

ISBN13: 978-0534354428
ISBN10: 0534354424
Cover type:
Edition/Copyright: 3RD 99
Publisher: Brooks/Cole Publishing Co.

Published: 1999
International: No
Summary

Carol Sigelman uses a topical approach blended with an age/stage approach to present life-span development as a motion picture rather than a series of snapshots. In this book, students will find numerous real-life examples and analogies that take the mystery out of the human life experience. Sigelman's clear, straightforward writing makes even the most complex topics accessible. Thoroughly updated with the latest research, the book emphasizes how nature and nurture interact over the life span to bring about normal and abnormal developmental changes.

This new edition features multimedia ancillary products that you'll find helpful and your students will find engaging. Developmental Psychology Videos and Web Resources for Developmental Psychology bring concepts to life and make studying a truly interactive experience. In addition, you'll find new pedagogy including "Food for Thought" questions and a reorganized list of key terms at the end of each chapter. The book's strong research base is evident in the hundreds of new citations added to this edition. Plus, new four-color signatures and a larger trim size offer a more open, easy-to-read format.

  • The author's unique topical/chronological approach focuses on domains of development such as physical growth, cognition, and personality, tracing developmental trends in each domain from infancy to old age. (Each topical chapter also contains major sections on infancy, childhood, adolescence, and adulthood to help students appreciate distinct life periods.)

  • Content changes include a greater emphasis on interactions between nature and nurture. The author gives serious attention to genes, hormones, and other biological forces in development while also showing how development reflects cultural and subcultural contexts.

  • New pedagogy makes the text more accessible to weaker students. "Food for Thought" questions help students focus their study of key concepts, and "Key Terms" is now organized in text order. Student-oriented "Applications" sections show how material is applied to real-life problems, and "Summary Points" outline key points for easy review. "On the Web" give Web resources relevant to each chapter.

  • An improved design and better use of headings make this edition even easier to study.

  • The book's new design includes selected four-color signatures and a larger trim size that provides a more open, easy-to-read format on every page.

  • Research has been updated throughout with many new references from 1997 and 1998.

  • New Web site references at the end of each chapter direct students to online resources that provide more information on selected topics that are introduced in the chapter. These references are provided as links within the online Wadsworth Psychology Study Center

  • Students will receive four months free access to InfoTrac College Edition-a fully searchable online university library that offers full articles from more than 600 periodicals. InfoTrac College Edition allows anytime, anywhere access to thousands of articles from such periodicals as the American Journal of Psychology. Students can print complete articles and join in online chat

Table of Contents

1. UNDERSTANDING LIFE-SPAN HUMAN DEVELOPMENT.

What Is Development?.
How Do People View The Life Span?.
What Is the Science of Life-Span Development?.
How Is Developmental Research Conducted?.
What Problems Arise in Studying Development?.

2. THEORIES OF HUMAN DEVELOPMENT.

The Nature of Theories.
Basic Issues in Human Development.
Freud: Psychoanalytic Theory.
Erikson: Neo-Freudian Psychoanalytic Theory.
Learning Theory.
Cognitive-Developmental Theory.
Contextual Theory. Theories and World Views.
Applications: Developmental Theory and Teenage Pregnancy.
Clarifying Your Own Theoretical Perspective.

3. THE GENETICS OF LIFE-SPAN DEVELOPMENT.

Species Heredity, Evolution, and Human Development.
Individual Heredity.
Studying Genetic and Environmental Influences.
Accounting for Individual Differences.
Heredity and Environment: A Closer Look.
Applications: Genetic Counseling and Engineering.

4. EARLY ENVIRONMENTAL INFLUENCES ON LIFE-SPAN DEVELOPMENT.

Development in the Prenatal Environment.
The Perinatal Environment.
The Early Postnatal Environment.
Risk and Resilience.
Applications: Getting Life Off to a Good Start.

5. THE PHYSICAL SELF.

The Endocrine System.
The Nervous System.
The Infant.
The Child.
The Adolescent.
The Adult.
Applications: Optimizing Healthy Development.

6. ISSUES OF NATURE AND NURTURE.

The Infant.
The Child.
The Adolescent.
The Adult. Applications: Aiding People with Hearing Impairments.

7. COGNITION AND LANGUAGE.

Piaget's Approach to Cognitive Development.
The Infant.
The Child.
The Adolescent.
The Adult. Piaget in Perspective.
Vygotsky's Sociocultural Perspective.
Mastering Language.
Applications: Improving Cognitive Functioning.

8. LEARNING AND INFORMATION PROCESSING.

Basic Learning Processes.
The Information-Processing Approach.
The Infant.
The Child.
The Adolescent.
The Adult.
Applications: Improving Memory.

9. INTELLIGENCE AND CREATIVITY.

What Is Intelligence?.
How Is Intelligence Measured?.
The Infant.
The Child.
The Adolescent.
The Adult.
Factors That Influence IQ Scores.
The Extremes of Intelligence.
Creativity and Special Talents.
Applications: Boosting Intellectual Performance Across the Life Span.

10. SELF-CONCEPTIONS AND PERSONALITY.

Conceptualizing the Self.
The Infant.
The Child.
The Adolescent.
The Adult.
Applications: Boosting Self-Esteem.

11. GENDER ROLES AND SEXUALITY.

Male and Female.
The Infant.
The Child.
The Adolescent.
The Adult.
Sexuality Over the Life Span.
Applications: Changing Gender-Role Attitudes and Behavior.

12. SOCIAL COGNITION AND MORALITY.

Social Cognition.
Perspectives on Moral Development.
The Infant.
The Child.
The Adolescent.
The Adult.
Kohlberg's Theory of Moral Development in Perspective.
Applications: Combating Youth Violence.

13. ATTACHMENT AND SOCIAL RELATIONSHIPS.

Perspectives on Relationships.
The Infant.
The Child.
The Adolescent.
The Adult.
Applications: Building Good Relationships.

14. FAMILY.

Understanding the Family.
The Infant.
The Child.
The Adolescent.
The Adult.
Diversity in Family Life.
Applications: Confronting the Problem of Family Violence.

15. ACHIEVEMENTS.

Achievement Motivation.
The Infant.
The Child.
The Adolescent.
The Adult.
Applications: Improving the Quality of Education.

16. PSYCHOLOGICAL DISORDERS THROUGHOUT THE LIFE SPAN.

What Makes Development Abnormal?.
The Infant.
The Child.
The Adolescent.
The Adult.
Applications: Treating Psychological Disorders.
Is Psychopathology Adaptive?.

17. THE FINAL CHALLENGE: DEATH AND DYING.

Life and Death Issues.
The Experience of Dying.
The Experience of Bereavement: An Attachment Model.
The Infant.
The Child.
The Adolescent.
The Adult.
Applications: Taking the Sting out of Death.

EPILOGUE: FITTING THE PIECES TOGETHER.

Major Trends in Human Development.
Major Themes in Human Development.

(Each chapter concludes with Summary Points, Food for Thought, and Key Terms.)

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