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Adult Development and Aging Hardcover – Mar 21 2007

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  • Hardcover: 592 pages
  • Publisher: Nelson College Indigenous; 1 edition (March 21 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 017640810X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0176408107
  • Product Dimensions: 24.6 x 24.6 x 24.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 907 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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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.

About the Author

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.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Pam on Jan. 13 2012
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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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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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By Amazon Customer on Oct. 24 2015
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better condition than i expected
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By ceomum5 on July 31 2014
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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful
Required Reading Feb. 18 2002
By A Customer - Published on
Format: Hardcover
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.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Excellent Resource April 5 2008
By Tammy Wood - Published on
Format: Hardcover
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.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Good overview of aging and elderly issues March 15 2007
By K. Robin - Published on
Format: Hardcover
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.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
An Undergraduate Text Dec 3 2011
By Condenser of Nonsense - Published on
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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!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Outdated Material April 23 2013
By L. Loree - Published on
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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.