Essentials of Life-Span Development

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February 7, 2013


Paperback, 560 pages


0078035422 / 9780078035425


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Why are you assigning or considering a brief Human Development text? Is it because your students do not complete the reading in a comprehensive text? Do you run out of time trying to cover the entire lifespan over the course of a few months? Do your students struggle to retain the sheer volume of information in the course? Instructors across the country, looking for a streamlined text that captures the core concepts of life-span development are excited for John Santrock's Essentials of Life-Span Development, 3e.

Essentials of Life-Span Development 3e was developed to help meet the ever-changing needs of students in the lifespan course. Knowing that students do not often read the text and have poor study skills, Essentials introduces LearnSmart, McGraw-Hill's adaptive study tool, that helps students know what they know, and more importantly what they don’t know, to become more efficient and effective learners.

Based on hallmark features: its expert contributors, updated research, and focus on applications, Santrock provides the most dependable and current presentation of life-span development available, and he does so in a briefer format with LearnSmart, helping to ensure that your students will read and appreciate the material while seeing the applications to their everyday life. McGraw-Hill's new Milestones video and assessment program helps bring the course material to life, so your students can witness development as it unfolds.

Table of contents

ESSENTIALS OF LIFE-SPAN DEVELOPMENTCHAPTER 1: IntroductionTHE LIFE-SPAN PERSPECTIVEThe Importance of Studying Life-Span DevelopmentCharacteristics of the Life-Span PerspectiveContemporary Concerns in Life-Span DevelopmentTHE NATURE OF DEVELOPMENTBiological, Cognitive, and Socioemotional ProcessesPeriods of Development Conceptions of Age Developmental Issues THEORIES OF DEVELOPMENTPsychoanalytic TheoriesCognitive Theories Behavioral and Social Cognitive Theories Ethological Theory Ecological Theory An Eclectic OrientationRESEARCH IN LIFE-SPAN DEVELOPMENTMethods for Collecting Data Research Designs Time Span of ResearchConducting Ethical Research CHAPTER 2: Biological BeginningsTHE EVOLUTIONARY PERSPECTIVE Natural Selection and Adaptive Behavior Evolutionary PsychologyGENETIC FOUNDATIONS OF DEVELOPMENT The Genetic ProcessGenetic Principles Chromosome- and Gene-Linked AbnormalitiesTHE INTERACTION OF HEREDITY AND ENVIRONMENT: THE NATURE-NURTURE DEBATEBehavior Genetics Heredity-Environment Correlations The Epigenetic View and Gene X Environment (G X E) Interaction Conclusions about Heredity-Environment InteractionPRENATAL DEVELOPMENTThe Course of Prenatal Development Prenatal Tests Infertility and Reproductive Technology Hazards to Prenatal Development Prenatal Care BIRTH AND THE POSTPARTUM PERIODThe Birth ProcessThe Transition from Fetus to Newborn Low Birth Weight and Preterm Infants Bonding The Postpartum PeriodCHAPTER 3: Physical and Cognitive Development in InfancyPHYSICAL GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT IN INFANCY Patterns of Growth Height and Weight The Brain Sleep NutritionMOTOR DEVELOPMENT Dynamic Systems Theory Reflexes Gross Motor Skills Fine Motor SkillsSENSORY AND PERCEPTUAL DEVELOPMENT Exploring Sensory and Perceptual Development Visual Perception Other Senses Intermodal PerceptionNature, Nuture, and Perceptual DevelopmentPerceptual Motor CouplingCOGNITIVE DEVELOPMENTPiaget’s TheoryLearning, Remembering, and ConceptualizingLANGUAGE DEVELOPMENT Defining Language How Language Develops Biological and Environmental InfluencesCHAPTER 4: Socioemotional Development in InfancyEMOTIONAL AND PERSONALITY DEVELOPMENT Emotional Development Temperament Personality DevelopmentSOCIAL ORIENTATION AND ATTACHMENT Social Orientation and Understanding Attachment SOCIAL CONTEXTS The Family Child CareCHAPTER 5: Physical and Cognitive Development in Early ChildhoodPHYSICAL CHANGES Body Growth and ChangeThe Brain Motor Development Nutrition and Exercise Illness and DeathCOGNITIVE CHANGES Piaget’s Preoperational Stage Vygotsky’s Theory Information ProcessingLANGUAGE DEVELOPMENT Understanding Phonology and Morphology Changes in Syntax and Semantics Advances in PragmaticsYoung Children's LiteracyEARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION Variations in Early Childhood Education Education for Children Who Are Disadvantaged Controversies in Early Childhood Education CHAPTER 6: Socioemotional Development in Early ChildhoodEMOTIONAL AND PERSONALITY DEVELOPMENT The Self Emotional Development Moral Development GenderFAMILIES Parenting Child Maltreatment Sibling Relationships and Birth Order The Changing Family in a Changing SocietyPEER RELATIONS, PLAY, AND MEDIA/SCREEN TIME Peer Relations Play Media and Screen TimeCHAPTER 7: Physical and Cognitive Development in Middle and Late ChildhoodPHYSICAL CHANGES AND HEALTH Body Growth and ChangeThe Brain Motor Development Exercise Health, Illness, and DiseaseCHILDREN WITH DISABILITIES The Scope of Disabilities Educational IssuesCOGNITIVE CHANGES Piaget’s Cognitive Developmental Theory Information Processing Intelligence LANGUAGE DEVELOPMENT Vocabulary, Grammar , and Metalinguistic Awareness Reading Bilingualism and Second Language LearningCHAPTER 8: Socioemotional Development in Middle and Late ChildhoodEMOTIONAL AND PERSONALITY DEVELOPMENT The Self Emotional Development Moral Development GenderFAMILIES Developmental Changes in Parent-Child RelationshipsParents as ManagersAttachment Stepfamilies PEERS Developmental Changes Peer Status Social Cognition BullyingFriendsSCHOOLS Contemporary Approaches to Student Learning Socioeconomic Status and Ethnicity CHAPTER 9: Physical and Cognitive Development in AdolescenceTHE NATURE OF ADOLESCENCEPHYSICAL CHANGES Puberty The Brain Adolescent SexualityADOLESCENT HEALTH Nutrition and Exercise Sleep Patterns Leading Causes of Death in AdolescentsSubstance Use and AbuseEating DisordersADOLESCENT COGNITION Piaget’s Theory Adolescent Egocentrism Information ProcessingSCHOOLS The Transition to Middle or Junior High School Effective Schools for Young Adolescents High School Service LearningCHAPTER 10: Socioemotional Development in AdolescenceIDENTITYWhat is Identity?Erickson's ViewDevelopmental ChangesEthnic Identity FAMILIESParental Management and Monitoring Autonomy and Attachment Parent-Adolescent ConflictPEERS Friendships Peer Groups Dating and Romantic RelationshipsCULTURE AND ADOLESCENT DEVELOPMENT Cross-Cultural Comparisons EthnicityThe MediaADOLESCENT PROBLEMS Juvenile Delinquency Depression and Suicide The Interrelation of Problems and Successful Prevention/Intervention ProgramsCHAPTER 11: Physical and Cognitive Development in Early AdulthoodTHE TRANSITION FROM ADOLESCENCE TO ADULTHOOD Becoming an Adult The Transition from High School to CollegePHYSICAL DEVELOPMENT Physical Performance and Development Health SEXUALITYSexual Activity in Emerging Adulthood Sexual Orientation and Behavior Sexually Transmitted Infections Forcible Sexual Behavior and Sexual HarassmentCOGNITIVE DEVELOPMENT Cognitive Stages Creativity CAREERS AND WORK Careers Work CHAPTER 12: Socioemotional Development in Early AdulthoodSTABILITY AND CHANGE FROM CHILDHOOD TO ADULTHOODLOVE AND CLOSE RELATIONSHIPS Intimacy Friendship Romantic and Affectionate LoveConsummate LoveADULT LIFE STYLES Single Adults Cohabiting Adults Married Adults Divorced Adults Remarried Adults Gay and Lesbian AdultsCHALLENGES IN MARRIAGE, PARENTING, AND DIVORCE Making Marriage WorkBecoming a Parent Dealing with Divorce GENDER, COMMUNICATION, AND RELATIONSHIPS CHAPTER 13: Physical and Cognitive Development in Middle AdulthoodTHE NATURE OF MIDDLE ADULTHOOD Changing Midlife Defining Middle AdulthoodPHYSICAL DEVELOPMENT Physical Changes Health and Disease Mortality Rates Sexuality COGNITIVE DEVELOPMENT Intelligence Information Processing CAREERS, WORK, AND LEISURE Work in Midlife Career Challenges and Changes LeisureRELIGION AND MEANING IN LIFE Religion and Adult Lives Religion and Health Meaning in Life CHAPTER 14: Socioemotional Development in Middle AdulthoodPERSONALITY THEORIES AND DEVELOPMENT Adult STages Theories The Life-Events Approach Stress and Personal Control in Midlife Contexts of Midlife DevelopmentSTABILITY AND CHANGE Longitudinal Studies Conclusions CLOSE RELATIONSHIPS Love and Marriage at Midlife The Empty Nest and Its Refilling Sibling Relationships and Friendships Grandparenting Intergenerational RelationshipsCHAPTER 15: Physical and Cognitive Development in Late AdulthoodLONGEVITY, BIOLOGICAL AGING, AND PHYSICAL DEVELOPMENT Longevity Biological Theories of Aging The Aging Brain Physical Development Sexuality HEALTH Health Problems Exercise, Nutrition, and Weight Health Treatment COGNITIVE FUNCTIONING Multidimensionality and Multidirectionality Use It or Lose It Training Cognitive Skills Cognitive Neuroscience and AgingWORK AND RETIREMENT Work Adjustment to Retirement MENTAL HEALTH Depression Dementia, Alzheimer Disease, and Parkinson DiseaseCHAPTER 16: Socioemotional Development in Late AdulthoodTHEORIES OF SOCIOEMOTIONAL DEVELOPMENT Erikson’s Theory Activity Theory Socioemotional Selectivity Theory Selective Optimization with Compensation TheoryPERSONALITY AND SOCIETY Personality Older Adults in Society FAMILIES AND SOCIAL RELATIONSHIPS Life Style Diversity Older Adult Parents and Their Adult Children Friendship Social Support and Social Integration Altruism and VolunteerismETHNICITY, GENDER, AND CULTURE Ethnicity Gender CultureSUCCESSFUL AGINGChapter 17: Death, Dying, and GrievingDEFINING DEATH AND LIFE/DEATH ISSUES Determining Death Decisions Regarding Life, Death, and Health CareDEATH AND SOCIOHISTORICAL, CULTURAL CONTEXTS Changing Historical CircumstancesDeath in Different CulturesFACING ONE’S OWN DEATH Kubler-Ross’ Stages of Dying Perceived Control and DenialCOPING WITH THE DEATH OF SOMEONE ELSE Communicating with a Dying Person Grieving Making Sense of the World Losing a Life Partner Forms of Mourning

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