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Lifespan Development in Context

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 guides the reader through immersive video cases and real-world examples to illustrate 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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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  
11 Self, Identity, and 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  
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  


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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

This is a well-written and substantive textbook. All students in my human development and the social services course really liked this book. Students said they are going to keep the book and use it for future reference.

Dr Rita Takahashi
School Of Social Work, San Francisco State University
April 16, 2018
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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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