A conversational style and well-balanced blend of research findings, theory, and practical applications make this book a comprehensible guide to growth and development from young adulthood to old age. It clarifies a distorted view of aging, as seen by a society that is increasing in age, and promotes respect and admiration for older adults while giving youth a more realistic and positive look at their own future. Discussions on cultural, gender, and individual differences give meaning to material on prevention, compensation, gains, and losses. For anyone looking for practical knowledge on development in order to enhance their relationships with family members, or understanding of their own aging experience.
This textbook defines terms, describes key concepts, and presents major theories of adult development; discusses health and medicine, behavior genetics, cognitive development, social psychology, sociology, economics, and social development in the context of adult development, based on empirical findings from these disciplines; and covers such topics as the growth of meaning, dealing with stress, conceptualizing the transitions of adulthood, and confronting death. New edition features new information about Alzheimer's disease, anxiety and depression in adulthood, health benefits of hormone replacement therapy, sexuality in older adulthood, human factors research with aging populations, theory of mind explanations of cognitive aging, and women's work roles and retirement. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)