Life-Span Human Development,
10th Edition

Carol K. Sigelman, Elizabeth A. Rider

ISBN-13: 9780357373651 | ISBN-10: 0357373650

Copyright 2022

| Published 2021

| 736 pages

List Price USD $196.95


Packed with the latest research and vivid examples, Sigelman and Rider's LIFE-SPAN HUMAN DEVELOPMENT, 10th edition, equips you with a solid understanding of the overall flow of development and the key transformations that occur in each period of the life span. Written in clear, straightforward language, each chapter focuses on a domain of development -- such as cognitive or personality development -- and traces developmental trends and influences in that domain from infancy to old age. Sections on infancy, childhood, adolescence and adulthood are included. The text emphasizes theories and their use in helping us understand development, focuses on the interplay of nature and nurture in development, and also provides an expansive examination of both biological and sociocultural influences on life-span development. Additionally, MindTap digital resources offer anywhere, anytime learning solutions.

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Meet the Authors

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Carol K. Sigelman is professor of psychology at George Washington University, where she also was an associate vice president for 13 years and department chair for four years. She previously served on the faculty at Texas Tech University, Eastern Kentucky University (where she won her college's outstanding teacher award) and the University of Arizona. In addition to teaching courses in child, adolescent, adult and life-span development, Dr. Sigelman has published research on the communication skills of individuals with developmental disabilities, the development of stigmatizing reactions to children and adolescents who are different, children's emerging understandings of diseases and psychological disorders, and parent-child communication at a distance in military families. A Fellow of the Association for Psychological Science, she earned her bachelor’s degree from Carleton College and a double-major doctorate in English and psychology from George Peabody College for Teachers, now part of Vanderbilt University. For fun, she enjoys hiking, biking and discovering undiscovered movies.

Elizabeth A. Rider is professor of psychology, provost and senior vice president of academic affairs at Elizabethtown College in Pennsylvania. She previously served on the faculty at the University of North Carolina at Asheville. She has taught courses on child and life-span development, women and gender issues, applied developmental psychology, and genetic and environmental influences on development. Through a grant from the Pennsylvania State System for Higher Education, Dr. Rider studied factors associated with academic success. She has published research on children's and adults' spatial perception, orientation and ability to find their way, and she is the author of OUR VOICES (John Wiley & Sons), a text on the psychology of women. She earned her undergraduate degree from Gettysburg College and her doctorate from Vanderbilt University. When she is not working, she is busy with home and yard projects and two energetic dogs.

  • Giving students hands-on practice applying chapter concepts to real-world issues, all-new Investigate Development cases are included in MindTap, the digital learning solution that supports the text. These activities walk students through a life-span topic using a relatable real-life example. Students watch videos, consult research, investigate the evidence and form a conclusion about the case.
  • Continuing its strong emphasis on theories, the new edition eliminates a separate "theories" chapter in favor of introducing theories in numerous appropriate chapters. In addition, a new appendix applies five highlighted theoretical perspectives to understanding and preventing risky sexual behavior in adolescence.
  • Building on an already rich research tradition, the 10th edition integrates new research references throughout, reflecting the latest developments from the field.
  • Refocused and reformulated, the revised chapter on "Language, Education, and Work" examines achievement strivings across the life span.
  • Personal stories of real people -- as well as overviews of key text topics as seen from a developmental perspective -- are animated and featured in MindTap, further illuminating important chapter concepts for students.
  • Insightful Application boxes examine how knowledge has been applied to optimize development, such as to promote healthy babies, improve cognitive function, combat negative stereotypes of aging, strengthen attachments, change gender-role attitudes and behavior, prevent family violence and support bereaved families.
  • The text's integrated topical and chronological approach remains its most unique and important feature. Chapters are organized topically to emphasize developmental processes, such as how nature and nurture interact over the life span to bring about typical developmental changes as well as individual differences in development. Within each chapter, discussion is organized into four major chronological sections (infancy, childhood, adolescence and adulthood) so that students appreciate the distinctive qualities of each age/stage.
  • Intriguing Exploration boxes allow more in-depth investigation of research on selected topics, including social media use and teen mental health, gene-environment interaction, sports-related brain injury, typical versus atypical memory changes in later life, language acquisition among deaf children, challenges for aging drivers, the implications of loneliness for health, sexual assault on college campuses, callous-unemotional traits and antisocial careers, cultural differences in parenting, and links between adverse childhood experiences and adult physical and mental health.
  • Listed in the table of contents and included in almost every chapter, Exploration, Application, and Engagement boxes give students a close-up view of topics of special interest and importance.
  • Engagement boxes provide opportunities for students to engage actively and personally with the material. By completing personality scales, test items, surveys and short quizzes, students can assess their own knowledge, beliefs, traits and attitudes.
  • At the end of each major section, Checking Mastery questions help students gauge their progress, while Making Connections questions invite them to more fully engage with and reflect on text material -- such as weighing in on a debate in the field, evaluating a topic's implications for public policy, applying a concept to a case example or exploring its relevance to their own development.
  • Coverage of nature/nurture issues is stronger than ever. To convey the complexities of the interplay between nature and nurture, the authors pay special attention to genes, hormones, neural functioning and other biological forces in development, while also showing how environmental forces influence biology and how development is affected by the social and cultural context in which the individual develops. In addition, the unique Developmental Psychopathology chapter highlights the complex interplay of nature and nurture in the development of psychological disorders.

Table of Contents

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1. Understanding Life-Span Human Development.
2. Genes, Environment, and Development.
3. Prenatal Development and Birth.
4. Body, Brain, and Health.
5. Sensation, Perception, and Action.
6. Cognition.
7. Memory and Learning.
8. Intelligence and Creativity.
9. Language, Education, and Work.
10. Self and Personality.
11. Gender Roles and Sexuality.
12. Social Cognition and Moral Development.
13. Emotions, Attachment, and Social Relationships.
14. The Family.
15. Developmental Psychopathology.
16. The Final Challenge: Death and Dying.
Appendix A: Applying and Comparing Theories.
Appendix B: Careers in Human Development.

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