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Lifespan Development

Lifespan Development
Lives in Context

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January 2016 | 720 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

Recipient of the 2017 Most Promising New Textbook Award from the Textbook & Academic Authors Association (TAA)

Chronologically organized, Lifespan Development: Lives in Context integrates cutting-edge and classic research throughout to present a unified story of developmental science and its applications to everyday life. Robust in-text pedagogy, student-friendly writing, and an inviting, full-color design enhance the insightful and inclusive exploration of the ways in which context informs our understanding of the lifespan. In addition, an accompanying package of digital offerings help instructors and students get the most out of the course. From a companion website, to an interactive eBook that include access to SAGE Premium Video like Dr. Kuther’s Chalk Talks, a series of whiteboard-style animations that bring concept maps to life—teaching and learning lifespan development has never been more dynamic and exciting.

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Part I: Foundations of Life Span Human Development
Chapter 1: Understanding Human Development: Approaches and Theories
What is Life Span Human Development?  
Basic Issues in Life Span Human Development  
Theoretical Perspectives on Human Development  
Research in Human Development  
Ethical Issues in Research  
Chapter 2: Biological and Environmental Foundations
Genetic Foundations of Development  
Patterns of Genetic Inheritance  
Chromosomal and Genetic Problems  
Heredity and Environment  
Chapter 3: The Prenatal Period, Birth, and the Newborn
Prenatal Development  
Environmental Influences on Prenatal Development  
Birth and the Newborn  
Part II: Infancy and Toddlerhood
Chapter 4: Physical Development in Infancy and Toddlerhood
Body Growth and Nutrition in Infants and Toddlers  
Brain Development during Infancy and Toddlerhood  
Inborn and Early Learning Capacities  
Sensation and Perception during Infancy and Toddlerhood  
Motor Development during Infancy and Toddlerhood  
Chapter 5: Cognitive Development in Infancy and Toddlerhood
Piaget’s Cognitive-Developmental Perspective  
Information Processing  
Individual Differences in Infant Intelligence  
Language Development  
Chapter 6: Socioemotional Development in Infancy and Toddlerhood
Psychosocial Tasks in Infancy  
Emotional Development in Infancy and Toddlerhood  
Self-Concept and Self-Recognition  
Part III: Early Childhood
Chapter 7: Physical and Cognitive Development in Early Childhood
Growth and Motor Development in Early Childhood  
Brain Development in Early Childhood  
Cognition in Early Childhood  
Young Children’s Language Development  
Moral Development in Early Childhood  
Contextual Influences on Development in Early Childhood  
Chapter 8: Socioemotional Development in Early Childhood
Emerging Sense of Self  
Gender Role Development  
Play and Peer Relationships  
Part IV: Middle Childhood
Chapter 9: Physical and Cognitive Development in Middle Childhood
Physical and Motor Development  
Cognitive Development  
Moral Development  
Language Development  
Learning and Schooling  
Chapter 10: Socioemotional Development in Middle Childhood
Psychosocial Development in Middle Childhood  
Peer Relationships in Middle Childhood  
Common Psychosocial and Developmental Problems in Middle Childhood  
Part V: Adolescence
Chapter 11: Physical and Cognitive Development in Adolescence
Physical Development in Adolescence  
Adolescent Physical and Mental Health  
Adolescent Moral Development  
Chapter 12: Socioemotional Development in Adolescence
The Changing Self  
Adolescents and Their Families  
Adolescents and Their Peers  
Adolescent Sexuality  
Problems in Adolescence  
Part VI: Early Adulthood
Chapter 13: Physical and Cognitive Development in Early Adulthood
Physical Development in Early Adulthood  
Health, Fitness, and Wellness in Early Adulthood  
Cognitive Development in Early Adulthood: Post-Formal Reasoning  
Education and Vocational Development in Early Adulthood  
Chapter 14: Socioemotional Development in Early Adulthood
Psychosocial Development in Early Adulthood  
Relationships and Lifestyles in Early Adulthood  
Parenthood in Early Adulthood  
Careers in Early Adulthood  
Part VII: Middle Adulthood
Chapter 15: Physical and Cognitive Development in Middle Adulthood
Physical Development in Middle Adulthood  
Cognitive Development: Intelligence in Middle Adulthood  
Information Processing in Middle Adulthood  
Chapter 16: Socioemotional Development in Middle Adulthood
Psychosocial Development in Middle Adulthood  
The Self in Midlife  
Relationships in Middle Adulthood  
Careers in Middle Adulthood  
Part VIII: Late Adulthood
Chapter 17: Physical and Cognitive Development in Late Adulthood
Life Expectancy  
Physical Development in Late Adulthood  
Health and Disability in Late Adulthood  
Mental Health in Late Adulthood  
Cognitive Development in Late Adulthood  
Chapter 18: Socioemotional Development in Late Adulthood and the End of Life
Older Adults and the Sense of Self  
Well-Being in Older Adulthood  
Aging and the Social World  
Late Adulthood and Social Contexts  
Relationships in Late Adulthood  
Death and Bereavement in Older Adulthood  


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