Handbook of Life-Span Development

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Handbook of Life-Span Development

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  • Karen L. Fingerman PhD
  • Cynthia Berg PhD
  • Jacqui Smith PhD
  • Toni C. Antonucci PhD

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The handbook is an impressive collection of research studies and theories provided by knowledgeable contributors on life-span development from conception to old age."--Anthropology and Aging Quarterly

The doubling of our average life span since the turn of the 20th century is considered by many scholars to be one of the most important changes in human existence. This definitive text is the only volume to fully address, through a multidisciplinary perspective, the biological, cognitive, and psychological development that occurs from infancy through old age, and how the sociocultural and institutional factors interface with these changes.

Edited by leading research scholars in the field of life-span development, the volume also includes contributions of specialists in behavioral genetics, socioemotional selectivity theory, neuroscience, ecological models, and more. It examines the dynamics of close relationships and informal ties among the elderly population, child-parent attachment relationships as a life-span phenomenon, developmental tasks across the lifespan, continuity and discontinuity in temperament and personality, the sociocultural context of cognition across the life span, and variability in approaches to social problem solving from early to later life. Given the number of recent demographic shifts, it also explores issues related to fertility, life expectancy, environmental contexts, technology, immigration, and public policy.

Key Features:

  • Integrates the full life span from infancy through old age in each chapter
  • Considers multidisciplinary perspectives that address personal relationships, cognitive development, and social, emotional, and physical health across the life span
  • Situates life-span development in ecological contexts (e.g., socioeconomic, neighborhood, and immigration status)
  • Provides a concise but thorough resource for graduate seminars in life-span-related studies
  • Highlights future issues in all areas of life-span study

Product Details 

  • Publication Date December 25, 2010
  • Page Count 650
  • Product Form Hardback
  • ISBN 13 9780826110794
  • EISBN 9780826110800

About The Author(s) 

Toni Antonucci, PhD, Associate Dean for Academic Initiatives and Interdisciplinary Studies, Elizabeth M. Douvan Collegiate Professor of Psychology and Senior Research Scientist, Institute for Social Research Life Course Development Program, University of Michigan. Dr. Antonucci's contributions to professional journals and as a chapter author are too numerous to cite. She has been honored as the President of the Society for the Study of Human Development; International Assoc. of Gerontology and Geriatrics, Scientific Committee; Past-President of Adult Development and Aging, Division 20 of American Psychological Association (APA); Past-President of the Gerontological Society of America; 2001 Master Mentor Award from APA Division, Council Member, International Association of Gerontology.

Table of Contents 

1. Overview of lifespan development

PART I: Theory

2. Control and agency in development
3. Behavioral genetics
4. Attachment theory
5. Life Course
6. Selection, Optimization, and Compensation
7. Socioemotional selectivity theory
8. Convoy model
9. Ecological Models
10. Developmental trajectories: Stability and Change

PART II: Physical and Cognitive Development

11. Early precursors of later health
12. Brain development
13. Language development
14. Life narratives
15. Problem solving
16. Trajectories of intelligence
17. Developmental delays and late life cognitive impairment
18. Prenatal predictors of late life outcomes

PART III: Socioemotional Development

19. Close relationships
20. Peers and not so close ties
21. Temperament and personality
22. Emotions
23. Coping and stress
24. Psychopathology
25. Loss and disruptions

PART IV: Society and Culture

26. Demographic changes: Fertility, life expectancy, aging populations
27. Neighborhoods and environmental contexts
28. Social inequalities
29. Technology and relationships
30. Acculturation and socialization
31. Immigration
32. Public Policy