Written within a biopsychosocial framework, Cavanaugh and Blanchard-Fields’ best-selling text 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.
About the Author
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.
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.
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.
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.
This particular book has helped me to better understand the aspect that development has on aging. This book has helped to better build my skill level in the behavior and development field.
Product Details :
- Hardcover: 640 pages
- Publisher: Cengage Learning; 6 edition (January 1, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0495601748
- ISBN-13: 978-0495601746
- Product Dimensions: 1.1 x 7.4 x 9.2 inches