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Adult Development and Aging [Hardcover]

John C. Cavanaugh , Fredda Blanchard-Fields , Joan Norris
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March 21 2007 017640810X 978-0176408107 1
Written within a biopsychosocial framework, Cavanaugh et al covers the specific ages-stages of adult development and aging. In its unparalleled coverage of current research and theory, the authors draw clear connections between research and application. The book's focus on positive aging and the gains and losses people experience across adulthood distinguish it from its competitors. This edition features more real-world examples and new research trends.

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1. Studying Adult Development and Aging 1 2. Neuroscience as a Basis for Adult Development and Aging 38 3. Physical Changes 65 4. Longevity, Health, and Functioning 107 5. Where People Live: Person-Environment Interactions 149 6. Attention and Memory 184 7. Intelligence 233 8. Social Cognition 280 9. Personality 315 10. Clinical Assessment, Mental Health, and Mental Disorders 357 11. Relationships 401 12. Work, Leisure, and Retirement 446 13. Dying and Bereavement 492 14. Successful Aging 530 --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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John C. Cavanaugh, Ph.D., University of Notre Dame, is chancellor of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. Previously, he was President of the University of West Florida. He is a fellow of the American Psychological Association, The American Psychological Society, and the Gerontological Society of America. He has been an American Council of Education Fellow and elected President of the Adult Development and Aging Division of the APA (Division 20). In addition, Dr. Cavanaugh was a Congressionally selected delegate to the 2005 White House Conference on Aging. His research interests in gerontology concern family care-giving as well as the role of beliefs in older adult's cognitive performance. He is also the co-author of HUMAN DEVELOPMENT: A LIFE-SPAN VIEW, Sixth Edition, with Robert V. Kail of Purdue University.

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. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very pleased Jan. 13 2012
By Pam
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The book shipped fast and is in really good condtion, has some highlighting but I find that helpful. I would order from this seller again!
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2.0 out of 5 stars Highlighter Hell... Dec 22 2013
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This is an expensive textbook, or rather, the asking price for a brand new copy is rather greedy. But yeah, gouge the students right. Anyway, this used copy I bought for less, still asks too much. There is way too much highlight. A used book price is one thing, but for all the highlighting in it, I'm dismayed to have to pay more than 50. Geeze.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Required Reading Feb. 18 2002
By "tagreacca" - Published on Amazon.com
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Many of you who are considering buying this text are probably doing so for either a regular college course or for one of the Regents College/Excelsior College exams. I decided to earn a second bachelors degree and am working through Excelsior College. This is the required text for one of their exams. I can say that the book is thorough and covers the material that you need to know to pass the test, completely. Like many psyhcology and sociology texts, the subject matter can be dry, but the author seems to do a better than average job of dealing with this. I feel that the fact that I got an 'A' on the exam says very positive things about the text and its ability to prepare you for the testing.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Resource April 5 2008
By Tammy Wood - Published on Amazon.com
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Required reading for a doctorate level class, but a textbook that I enjoyed reading. The writers weave "real world" examples throughout the text that provides the reader with a reference point for the application of theories. There are many visual examples throughout the text that assist the adult learner with understanding the concepts being delivered within each chapter.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good overview of aging and elderly issues March 15 2007
By K. Robin - Published on Amazon.com
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This textbook was required reading for a psychology class that I took on Adult Development and Aging. The text is very easy to read - the material covers all the major topics related to cognition, memory, development, illnesses, relationships, and end of life experiences. It provides a solid look at all of these topics without going too deep. I would recommend the book for anyone with aging parents - it is helpful to get a sense of what they are experiencing in their lives and to understand what role we play in supporting them.
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3.0 out of 5 stars An Undergraduate Text Dec 3 2011
By Condenser of Nonsense - Published on Amazon.com
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I purchased this book for a graduate level adult development psychology class. After reading the first chapter I was immediately disappointed at the level this book was written. It is clearly an undergraduate text. If this book was used in an undergraduate context, this book would be an excellent resource for aging and adult development. Even at the graduate level it did minimally expand my knowledge.

The book is written in an easy to read manner, with color pages and some graphs and pictures. The authors do a good job explaining their concepts in semi-technical terms. Overall, a good resource for undergrad students!
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1.0 out of 5 stars Outdated Material April 23 2013
By L. Loree - Published on Amazon.com
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I also purchased this book for a graduate class and was surprised that the level of writing was more akin to my freshman year textbooks. The diagrams presented were mediocre at best and sometimes even difficult to interpret. The most frustrating aspect of this text is that the studies used to validate the author's viewpoints (of which there are many)are several years old. The section of women in the workforce cited work from 1976! But, much of the research was around 10-15 years old. Considering that we live in a society that is undergoing considerable change due to the Baby Boomer generation I found this unacceptable in a textbook. I noticed the purchase price for a new book was around $150. Thankfully, I purchased it used, but even so it was a waste of money. I hope in the future professors will take more time to ensure the texts they use in class reflect current findings without subjecting students to the viewpoints of the text author whether they be liberal or conservative.
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