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"A readable, comprehensive and interesting text (with) broad coverage and some unique areas, such as social cognition, not normally found in other texts." "The pedagogical features are very well done. They stimulate critical thinking, have a high level of interest for students, and put a "face" on the concepts/research."
"I would recommend this text …it is thorough, accurate, and clear. They style of writing will make this text accessible to undergraduates at most colleges and universities, and it should be noted that the latter is accomplished without sacrificing complex material or concepts. Throughout the text, age-related changes are neither over-stated nor under-stated: permitting a balanced and accurate depiction of the research on aging and its implications for real people." "The Cavanaugh and Blanchard-Fields text includes a chapter on Social Cognition that is interesting as well as thorough; enabling instructors to highlight these timely and exciting research domains in a way that should stimulate thought-provoking discussions in the classroom. In addition the chapter about person-environment interactions would facilitate explaining aspects of aging relevant to this area that can be difficult to convey to undergraduates because of their complexity."
"The Cavanaugh and Blanchard-Fields text represents a current and comprehensive book covering adult development and aging. It is student friendly and covers all the important aspects of the adulthood and aging process…." I feel my students complete the course with a much-improved understanding of the normal processes of aging… I feel the book's greatest strength is its readability…it helps if the material can be understood and is fairly enjoyable. I believe the Cavanaugh and Blanchard-Fields text is effective in doing this. A second strength of the text is that the citations are current…the authors have kept pace with these changes and demonstrate to students the dynamic nature of this field."
"The students really like the case examples presented in the introduction sections of chapters and throughout the chapters…the end of the chapter review and questions are excellent…"
"The book is written by two well-known and relevant people in aging and development…These two have done extensive aging and development research and that is key for this book to continue to be used and admired by professionals." --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Fredda Blanchard-Fields, Ph.D., is Professor of Psychology and Chair of the department at Georgia Institute of Technology. Her current research interests include social cognition in adulthood and aging as well as everyday problem solving and emotion regulation from adolescence through older adulthood. She has been published in Psychology and Aging, Developmental Psychology, Current Directions in Psychological Science, and other journals. She is a fellow of both the American Psychological Association and the Gerontological Society of America and a member of the American Psychological Society, the Society for Research and Child Development, and the Psychonomics Society. Joan E. Norris is Dean of Graduate Studies and Professor of Psychology at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario. She has studied and taught adult development for nearly 30 years and has published widely in the field, including co-authoring two books, Among Generations: The Cycle of Adult Relationships and The Social Psychology of Aging: A Cognitive Perspective. She has a special interest in mental health and aging and is a Registered Psychologist with the Ontario College of Psychologists. Joan has served as Psychology Editor for the Canadian Journal on Aging and chaired the adult development and aging section of the Canadian Psychological Association. She is currently a member of the Ontario Council on Graduate Studies and a Fellow of the Gerontological Society of America. Her research on family relationships and socialization has been funded generously by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, Health Canada, and the Ontario Problem Gambling Research Centre. Joan is very proud to have supervised 25 graduate students and taught courses in adult development and aging to more than 2000 undergraduate students. 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.