Journey of AdulthoodInternational Edition
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For undergraduate courses in Adulthood and Aging, Gerontology, and Adult Development.
This best-selling book discusses the aspects of “successful aging,” covering growth and development from young adulthood to old age, and the impact that culture, gender, ethnicity, and individual differences have on these processes.
For Barbara Bjorklund, the subject matter in Journey of Adulthood 6e has never been far from home: as a middle-aged adult who is on this very journey along with her husband, looking ahead toward their parents who are in late adulthood and back toward their children who are making their own way through adulthood, she has found that there is always room to learn - always room to grow. One of the major goals of this text is to capture this dynamic process of adult development from young adulthood to the end of life. Its core is made up of research findings from large-scale projects and major theories of adult development, but it also reflects smaller studies of diverse groups, showing the influences of gender, culture, ethnicity, race, and socioeconomic background on this journey. Combined, this material creates for an exciting and thorough view on the process of "successful aging."
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 - Introduction to Adult Development
Basic Concepts in Adult Development
Sources of Stability
A Word about "Age"
Setting the Course: Some Guiding Perspectives
A Final Word
Chapter 2 - Physical Changes
Theories of Primary Aging
Physical Changes During Adulthood
Changes in Physical Behavior
Individual Differences in Primary Aging
Can We "Turn Back the Clock" of Primary Aging?
An Overview of the Physical Changes in Adulthood
Chapter 3 - Health and Health Habits
Mortality Rates and Causes of Death
Morbidity Rates, Illness, and Disabilities
Individual Differences in Health
Chapter 4 - Cognitive Abilities
Individual Differences in Cognitive Change
Chapter 5 - Social Roles
Social Roles and Transitions
Gender Roles and Gender Stereotypes
Social Roles in Early Adulthood
Social Roles in Middle Adulthood
Social Roles in Late Adulthood
Social Roles in Atypical Families
The Effect of Variations in Timing
Chapter 6 - Social Relationships
Theories of Social Relationships
Intimate Partnerships in Adulthood
Relationships with Other Family Members
Friendships in Adulthood
Chapter 7 - Work and Retirement
The Importance of Work in Adulthood
Selecting a Career
Age Trends in Work Experience
Work and Personal Life
A Concluding Note
Chapter 8 - Personality
Theories of Personality Development
Chapter 9 - The Quest for Meaning
Why a Chapter on the Quest for Meaning
The Study of Age-Related Changes in Meaning Systems
Theories of Spiritual Development
Integrating Meaning and Personality: A Preliminary Theoretical Synthesis
The Process of Transition
Commentary and Conclusions
Chapter 10 - Stress, Coping, and Resistance
Stress, Stressors, and Stress Reactions
Types of Stress
Effects of Stress
Coping with Stress
Chapter 11 - Death and Bereavement
Achieving an Understanding of Death
The Process of Death
After Death Occurs: Rituals and Grieving
Lying and Dying: A Final Word
Chapter 12 - The Successful Journey
Themes of Adult Development
Variations in Successful Adult Development
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Do your students have access to the most recent and relevant research in the field outside of class?
- Up-to-date research. The field of adult development is changing quickly, and this edition gives a thorough coverage of the changes that have taken place since the previous edition.
- Approximately 30% of the references are new, and 50% of the suggested readings are new.
- The effects of problematic recent world events — the Iraq war, Hurricane Katrina, rises in single-parent and dual-earner families, and the growing number of people below the poverty line — are included within relevant topics. Also the effect the recession of 2008 has had on retirement plans and job security are included.
- Positive advances in the field are also addressed, including health awareness, advances in disease detection and treatment, rising life expectancy, and better, easier communication between families.
- Research from the biological and medical sciences, the social sciences, women’s studies, economics, education and vocational psychology, clinical psychology, epidemiology, anthropology, and more.
How do you deal with international and multi-cultural research in your class?
- Cross-and multidisciplinary research. Research from many different fields are examined, and each major researcher is identified with his or her field of study.
- Cross-cultural research. New coverage on research being done by the international community, including contributions from Swedish, Japanese, Israeli, and Egyptian scientists using participants from those same areas.
- When the findings are similar to studies done in the U.S., it can be more apparent that the developmental phenomenon being studied are an integral part of the human experience and not something particular to people in the U.S.
- When findings are different from studies done in the U.S., investigation into these differences and their causes can be conducted.
- International research teams and the nationalities of their participants are identified in the text.
Do you address the many different theories in adult development in your classes?
- An integrated approach to theories. Rather than a separate chapter, theories material is covered in the chapters dealing with the topics of those theories.
- Features a revised chapter organization. Now 12 full chapters.
- Chapter 1 contains the basics for the course definitions, methods, and basic concepts in the study of adult development.
- Chapters 2-8 cover traditional developmental topics, featuring recent research, classic studies, current theories, new directions, and practical applications.
- Chapters 9-11 cover topics not traditionally found in adult development books, including he quest for meaning, the inevitability of stress, coping, resilience in adult life, and facing death.
- Chapter 12 takes a chronological look at adult development in contrast to the topical theme in earlier chapters.