Adult Development and Aging,
9th Edition

John C. Cavanaugh

ISBN-13: 9780357796276
Copyright 2024 | Published
496 pages | List Price: USD $212.95

Cavanaugh's bestselling ADULT DEVELOPMENT AND AGING, 9th edition, covers the specific ages-stages of adult development and aging with a unique focus on "positive aging". Completely up to date, the new edition reflects the latest research, theory and issues. It includes discussions of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on every aspect of adult development and aging and how technology is increasing the likelihood of aging in place. Making it easier to study and learn, the text helps you connect what you're learning with real life while providing you with the tools you need to maximize course success, including review questions in each module, integrative questions and key terms with definitions. In addition, boxed features point out controversial issues about chapter concepts, illustrate aging principles through real-life examples and connect research to current social policy.


1. Studying Adult Development and Aging.
2. Neuroscience as a Basis for Adult Development and Aging.
3. Physical Changes Across Adulthood.
4. Longevity, Health, and Functioning.
5. Where People Live: Person-Environment Interactions.
6. Attention and Memory.
7. Intelligence, Reasoning, Creativity, and Wisdom.
8. Social Cognition.
9. Personality.
10. Mental Health, Clinical Assessment, and Psychopathology.
11. Relationships in Adulthood.
12. Work, Retirement, and Leisure.
13. Dying and Bereavement.
14. Epilogue: Healthy Aging.

  • John C. Cavanaugh

    John C. Cavanaugh is senior consultant for Pathseekers II Inc. and the former president and CEO of the Consortium of Universities of the Washington Metropolitan Area. His research interests focus on gerontology concerning family caregiving and the role of beliefs in older adults' cognitive performance. In addition to this text, he co-authored HUMAN DEVELOPMENT: A LIFE SPAN VIEW, 9th edition, with Rob Kail. Dr. Cavanaugh is a fellow of the American Psychological Association, the Association for Psychological Science and the Gerontological Society of America as well as a past president of the Adult Development and Aging Division (Division 20) of the APA. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Delaware and his Ph.D. from the University of Notre Dame.

  • New chapter level Learning Objectives help students focus on key topics.

  • Discussions of the impact of COVID-19 are woven throughout the text, highlighting how the pandemic affected every aspect of adult development and aging -- such as lowering average longevity, exposing differential access to health care, causing long-term effects on cognition and creating grief experiences that prevented people from saying goodbye to loved ones.

  • A reframed emphasis on sociocultural forces impacting development highlights the widespread influences on adults' experiences and opportunities.

  • Expanded coverage of technology -- such as social robots and smartphones as memory aids -- illustrates how high-tech tools support adults and even increase the likelihood of aging in place.

  • Reflecting the latest developments from the field, the 9th edition explains how cutting-edge research in neuroscience and genetics is being used to understand disease risks as well as to create individualized treatment approaches.

  • End-of-chapter "In Review" provides step-by-step guidelines to help students create their own summaries of chapter material.

  • The text includes extended coverage of positive psychology and related topics that serve as frames through which to view certain aspects of the aging process.

  • Spotlighting specific research studies that are discussed briefly in the main body of the text, "How Do We Know?" boxes provide insightful details about study design, participants and outcomes.

  • "Controversies" boxes point out contentious issues about chapter topics, encouraging students to think critically about the implications of research or policy issues.

  • Providing a starting point for applied projects, "Discovering Development" boxes enable students to see developmental principles and concepts in real-world practice.

  • "Real People" boxes vividly illustrate examples of adult development and aging principles through the lives of individuals.

  • “Social Policy Implications” boxes connect key research and theory to existing or needed social policy that supports or enhances the lives of adults.

  • The book's scholarship is unparalleled. The author is a well-known researcher and eminent academic who successfully integrates cutting-edge research into the text.

  • Maximizing student success, each module opens with Key Questions and ends with Review Questions to help learners review and gauge their understanding of the most important information.

  • End-of-chapter pedagogy includes "Integrating Concepts in Development" questions relating important concepts to material in other chapters as well as key terms with definitions.

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