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Adolescence, 14th Edition

More students learn from John Santrock’s Adolescence than from any other text in this field. The 14th edition combines proven pedagogy and the most current research to provide a market leading presentation of adolescence. This time tested text provides compelling contemporary research, including updates from eleven leading experts in the field. The text’s accessible presentation, plentiful applications and engaging writing foster increased mastery of the content. The new edition includes substantially expanded material on diversity and culture, adolescents’ and emerging adults’ health and well-being, including numerous recommendations for improving the lives of adolescents, and expanded emphasis on the positive aspects of adolescent development.

About the Author

John W. Santrock received his Ph.D. from the College of Education and Human Development at the University of Minnesota. He taught at the University of Charleston and the University of Georgia before joining the faculty at the University of Texas at Dallas. He has worked as a school psychologist and currently teaches educational psychology every year at the undergraduate level. In 2006, John received the University of Texas at Dallas Excellence in teaching award. His research has included publications in the Journal of Educational Psychology that focus on the contextual aspects of affectively-toned cognition and children’s self-regulatory behavior as well as teachers’ perceptions of children from divorced families. He has been a member of the editorial boards of Developmental Psychology and Child Development. His publications include these exceptional McGraw-Hill texts: Child Development, 13th Ed; Life-Span Development, 14th Edition; Adolescence, 14th Edition; Psychology, 7th Edition; and Educational Psychology, 4th Edition.

John Santrock’s Adolescence provides readers with an easy-to-read, up-to-date textbook that adequately covers adolescent development within schools and at home. Current research and recent statistics accompany the subjects at hand, and fully encompass the physical, psychological, and socioemotional developments of students. Chapters include: Careers in Adolescent Development; Puberty, Health, and Biological Foundations; The Brain and Cognitive Development; The Self, Identity, Emotions, and Personality; Gender; Sexuality; Moral Development, Values, and Religion; Families; Peer and Romantic Relationships; Schools; Achievement, Work, and Careers; Culture; Problems in Adolescent and Emerging Adulthood. Certain sections have been expanded upon for the twelfth edition. The various subjects are not, of course, covered in depth, as this is meant to be a sweeping introduction to the field of adolescent psychology. However, it will arm readers with a better understanding and proper direction for further, more critical research.

I bought this book for a course I was taking in adolescent psychology. The book is well organized, and I enjoyed using it in the course. The only reason I gave it 4 stars instead of 5 was that there were a few topics common to adolescents that I wanted more information on, and they were not included in the text. Otherwise, this is a fine book.

Easy to understand knowledgable textbook with a balance of classic and recent research and theories. Was a pleasure to learn the material directly from Professor Santrock at UTD.

This was a mandatory text for an Adolescent Psychology class. Overall, the book is well-written and organized well.

Like: Detailed with very recent research.
Dislikes: There is a lot of emphasis on individual studies. The reader is left to figure out the big takeaways in psychology.

I would still recommend this book, however, depending on the level of study (high school, undergraduate, graduate), it may not fit every learners’ needs.

Product Details :

  • Paperback: 624 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Humanities/Social Sciences/Languages; 14 edition (November 3, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 007811716X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0078117169
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 8.9 x 0.7 inches

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