Human Development: A Life-Span View,
8th Edition

Robert V. Kail, John C. Cavanaugh

ISBN-13: 9781337554831 | ISBN-10: 1337554839

Copyright 2019

| Published 2018

| 720 pages

List Price USD $239.95


Feel intimidated by the life-span course? You're in good hands with HUMAN DEVELOPMENT: A LIFE-SPAN VIEW, 8th Edition, as your guide. Complete, yet succinct and filled with real-life examples that aid understanding, the text has proven its ability to capture students' interest while introducing them to the issues, forces, and outcomes that make us who we are. The efficient organization (chronological, but with a few chapters on key topical issues) allows this text to be briefer than many other texts for the same course. The material is relevant, too: You'll gain the foundations in important theories and research that enable you to become an educated interpreter of developmental information in your future career. In addition, basic and applied research along with controversial topics and emergent trends demonstrate connections between the laboratory and life.

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Meet the Authors

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Robert V. Kail is Distinguished Professor of Psychological Sciences at Purdue University. His undergraduate degree is from Ohio Wesleyan University and his Ph.D. is from the University of Michigan. Kail is editor of Child Development Perspectives and editor emeritus of Psychological Science. He received the McCandless Young Scientist Award from the American Psychological Association, was named the Distinguished Sesquicentennial Alumnus in Psychology by Ohio Wesleyan University, and is a fellow of the Association for Psychological Science. Kail has also written CHILDREN AND THEIR DEVELOPMENT and SCIENTIFIC WRITING FOR PSYCHOLOGY. His research focuses on cognitive development during childhood and adolescence.

John C. Cavanaugh is President and CEO of the Consortium of Universities of the Washington Metropolitan Area. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Delaware and his Ph.D. from the University of Notre Dame. Cavanaugh is a fellow of the American Psychological Association, the Association for Psychological Science, and the Gerontological Society of America, and has served as president of the Adult Development and Aging Division (Division 20) of the APA. Cavanaugh has also written (with the late Fredda Blanchard-Fields) ADULT DEVELOPMENT AND AGING. His research interests in gerontology concern family caregiving as well as the role of beliefs in older adults' cognitive performance.

  • New profiles in the "Real People" feature cover Muhammad Ali, James Obergefell and John Arthur's fight for gay marriage, the Angelina Jolie effect on breast cancer screening, NASA mathematician Katherine Johnson, the politics of unemployment, and Randy Pausch's last lecture.
  • New topics in the "Spotlight on Research" feature include infant reaching, preschool children's essentialist thinking, impaired reading comprehension, electronic media, adolescent depression, and the long-term health effects of leisure activities.
  • Chapters on prenatal development through early childhood include new or revised material on the period of the fetus, nutrition during pregnancy, non-invasive prenatal testing, co-sleeping, breast feeding, handedness, young children's naïve theories of biology, infants' number skills, infant-directed speech, touchscreen devices for children's word learning, pretend play and solitary play, father-infant relationships, the impact of child care, and emotion regulation.
  • "Real People: Applying Human Development" features illustrate how a development issue is manifested in the life of a real person.
  • The book's three special features -- "Spotlight on Research", "Real People", and "What Do You Think?" -- are a significant reason why this textbook is unique. To help students stay focused on the content, these features are woven seamlessly yet distinctively into the narrative rather than being boxed off from the flow of the chapters.
  • "What Do You Think?" features ask students to think critically about social and developmental issues.
  • Each "Spotlight on Research" feature highlights a specific study discussed in the text, helping students understand the science and scope of life-span development.
  • The authors' modified chronological treatment reduces redundancy and emphasizes the integrated biopsychosocial model of human development over the course of the life span. This organization also allows the book to be briefer (just 16 chapters) and more manageable for a one-semester course.
  • Chapter pedagogy includes a bulleted chapter-ending summary, organized by learning objective within each major section; and a list of key terms (with page references).
  • Adolescent development is covered in two chapters -- physical/cognitive development and socioemotional development -- to give each topic the coverage appropriate for most courses.
  • Pedagogy in each section includes learning objectives, a vignette, typically one or more "Think About It" questions in the margin to encourage critical thinking, and end-of-section "Test Yourself" questions that reinforce key messages. For easy assignment and to help readers visually organize the material, major units within each chapter are numbered.

Table of Contents

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1. The Study of Human Development.
2. Biological Foundations: Heredity, Prenatal Development, and Birth.
3. Tools for Exploring the World: Physical, Perceptual, and Motor Development.
4. The Emergence of Thought and Language: Cognitive Development in Infancy and Early Childhood.
5. Entering the Social World: Socioemotional Development in Infancy and Early Childhood.
6. Off to School: Cognitive and Physical Development in Middle Childhood.
7. Expanding Social Horizons: Socioemotional Development in Middle Childhood.
8. Rites of Passage: Physical and Cognitive Development in Adolescence.
9. Moving Into the Adult Social World: Socioemotional Development in Adolescence.
10. Becoming an Adult: Physical, Cognitive, and Personality Development in Young Adulthood.
11. Being With Others: Forming Relationships in Young and Middle Adulthood.
12. Work, Leisure, and Retirement.
13. Making It in Midlife: The Biopsychosocial Challenges of Middle Adulthood.
14. The Personal Context of Later Life: Physical, Cognitive, and Mental Health Issues.
15. Social Aspects of Later Life: Psychosocial, Retirement, Relationship, and Societal Issues.
16. The Final Passage: Dying and Bereavement.

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