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Lifespan Development in Context
A Topical Approach

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January 2018 | 776 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

Award-winning author Tara L. Kuther presents Lifespan Development in Context, a topically organized version of her bestselling Lifespan Development text that provides a panoramic view of the many influences that shape human development. Kuther’s student-friendly narrative illustrates how the places, sociocultural environments, and ways in which we are raised influence who we become and how we grow and change throughout our lives. Three core themes resonate throughout each chapter: the centrality of context, the importance of research, and the value of applied developmental science. Foundational theories and classic studies are combined with contemporary research and culturally diverse perspectives for a modern introduction to the field that is both comprehensive and concise. Visual overviews, case studies, and critical thinking questions encourage self-reflection and class discussion, ensuring students have the tools they need to apply course concepts to their lives and future careers. 

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Also of Interest: Case Studies in Lifespan Development by Stephanie M. Wright presents a series of 12 case studies shaped by the contributions of real students to build immersive examples that readers can relate to and enjoy. Bundle Case Studies in Lifespan Development with Lifespan Development in Context for only $5 more!


 
Preface
 
Acknowledgments
 
About the Author
 
Part I: Foundations of Development
 
1 Understanding Human Development: Approaches and Theories
What Is Lifespan Human Development?

 
Basic Issues in Lifespan Human Development

 
Theoretical Perspectives on Human Development

 
Research in Human Development

 
Ethical Issues in Research

 
 
Part II: Biological Development and Health
 
2 Biological and Environmental Foundations and Prenatal Development
Genetic Foundations of Development

 
Chromosomal and Genetic Problems

 
Heredity and Environment

 
Prenatal Development

 
Environmental Influences on Prenatal Development

 
 
3 Physical Development and Aging
Physical Development in Infancy and Childhood

 
Physical Development in Adolescence

 
Physical Changes in Adulthood

 
Eating and Exercise Over the Lifespan

 
 
4 Brain, Perception, and Motor Development
Brain Development

 
Motor Development

 
Sensation and Perception

 
 
5 Health
Common Health Issues in Infancy and Childhood

 
Common Health Issues in Adolescence and Emerging Adulthood

 
Common Health Issues in Adulthood

 
Dementia in Older Adulthood

 
 
Part III: Cognitive Development
 
6 Cognitive Change: Cognitive– Developmental and Sociocultural Approaches
Piaget’s Cognitive–Developmental Perspective: Cognition in Infancy and Early Childhood

 
Piaget’s Cognitive–Developmental Perspective: Cognition in Middle Childhood and Adolescence

 
Vygotsky’s Sociocultural Perspective

 
Cognitive Development in Adulthood

 
 
7 Cognitive Change: Information Processing Approach
The Information Processing System

 
Information Processing in Infancy

 
Information Processing in Childhood

 
Information Processing in Adolescence

 
Information Processing in Adulthood

 
 
8 Intelligence
Psychometric Approach to Intelligence

 
New Approaches to Intelligence

 
Development of Intelligence

 
Group Differences in IQ

 
Giftedness, Intellectual Disability, and Special Needs

 
 
9 Language Development
Foundations of Language

 
From Sounds to Symbols: Language Development in Infancy

 
Language Development Over the Lifespan

 
Perspectives on Language Development

 
Contextual Influences on Language Development

 
 
Part IV: Socioemotional Development
 
10 Emotional Development
Emotional Development in Infancy

 
Emotional Development in Childhood

 
Emotional Development in Adolescence and Adulthood

 
Attachment

 
Temperament

 
 
11 Self, Identity, and Personality
Self-Concept

 
Self-Esteem

 
Identity

 
Personality

 
 
12 Moral Development
Moral Reasoning

 
Prosocial Behavior

 
Moral Socialization

 
Aggression and Antisocial Behavior

 
Religion and Spirituality

 
 
13 Gender and Sexuality
Gender Stereotypes, Gender Differences, and Gender Development

 
Influences on Gender Development

 
Emerging Sexuality

 
Sexuality and Sexual Activity

 
 
Part V: Contexts of Development
 
14 Social Relationships: Family and Peers
Social Transitions and Family Formation

 
Family Constellations

 
Parenting

 
Family Relationships in Adulthood

 
Peer Relationships

 
 
15 School, Achievement, and Work
Early Childhood and Elementary Education

 
Secondary and Postsecondary Education

 
Achievement Motivation

 
Career Development, Work, and Retirement

 
 
Part VI: Endings
 
16 Death and Dying
Patterns of Mortality and Defining Death

 
Conceptions of Death Across the Lifespan

 
Dying and the Experience of Death

 
Bereavement and Grief

 
 
References
 
Glossary
 
Index

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“An inclusive textbook that presents complex research information (current and classic studies) in ways that a general audience not familiarized with the discipline of developmental psychology can understand and relate. Very engaging!” 

Andrea Garvey
American River College

“Kuther has structured each chapter with sensitivity to the ways introductory level students are likely to think about this content. The textbook is more consistent than others available in offering cross-cultural research on each topic, and it provides many compelling conversation starters for class, including special topic boxes and questions for discussion.” 

Stacy DeZutter
Millsaps College

“An up-to-date text containing a wealth of resource viewpoints addressing contemporary issues written in a student-friendly manner.” 

Clark E McKinney
Southwest Tennessee Community College

“The videos cover a variety of important concepts in human development and they bring the textbook information to life. Human development is a lot of information to learn in a short time span so these are helpful in making it easier to learn.” 

Lakitta Johnson
Jackson State University

“I watched a few videos and believe that they are useful because they provide students with real-world applications. They can see constructs in context and in the real world which should provide them with the foundation to make more practical applications of course material.” 

Sue Kelley
Lycoming College
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  • Lives in Context boxes provide rich examples of how we are all embedded in multiple layers of context, including family, culture, neighborhood, community, norms, values, and historical events.
  • Cultural Influences on Development boxes explore the role of context in diversity and the many forms that diversity takes, highlighting the importance of cultural influences in today’s changing world.
  • Applying Developmental Science boxes reflect the increasing relevance and influence of developmental science on contemporary issues influencing our lives.
  • Lifespan Brain Development boxes discuss cutting-edge studies that apply research to neurological development so students can see the importance of research in understanding human development.
  • What Do You Think? questions at the end of every boxed feature challenge students to assess and evaluate these issues and engage with the book’s core themes.
  • Thinking in Context critical thinking questions at the end of every section prompt students to compare concepts, apply theoretical perspectives, and consider applications of research findings.
  • Apply Your Knowledge case studies at the end of every chapter ask students to apply their understanding to address a particular situation or problem, reinforcing the book’s emphasis on application.
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    • Lives in Context Video Cases with follow-up assessments spotlight individuals in every stage of the lifespan, allowing students to see theories of development through a culturally rich, real-world lens.
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