This comprehensive book helps readers process a clear picture of adult development and aging with the help and results of intensive scientific research. It challenges common stereotypes about this subject matter, and interprets the research data into an optimistic yet realistic appraisal of the many problems faced by the elderly in today's society. Chapter topics look at independence and intimacy in young adulthood; responsibility and failure in the middle years; the reintegration or despair of later life; research methodology; families; careers; personality development; learning and memory; intellectual and biological development; mental disorders; and death and bereavement. For individuals who want to view the potential richness of life—at all stages, and/or understand the lives of older adults they may care for.
Covers adult development and aging from a behavioral point of view, introducing current theory and research on major psychological issues and providing background on social and biological aspects of development and aging. Chronological and topical approaches are combined in chapters on young adulthood, middle age, and late life, and on research methods in the field. Topical chapters are placed in life-stage order, with discussion of families, careers, gender issues, personality, intellectual development, biological aging, and mental disorders associated with old age. The authors are affiliated with The Pennsylvania State University. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)