Lifespan Development: A Psychological Perspective
Martha Lally, College of Lake County
Suzanne Valentine-French, College of Lake County
Pub Date: 2017
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Overall, the text covers a wide array of topics within this subject, but the degree of depth to which these topics are covered varies. Career read more
Overall, the text covers a wide array of topics within this subject, but the degree of depth to which these topics are covered varies. Career development isn’t introduced until the section on emerging adulthood. Research dating back 50+ years discusses career development in the context of childhood and adolescence. Not including career development is a disservice to the career development programming that has been done and continues to be done in K-12 settings. The textbook covers many of the theories of human development, but does not introduce all of them in the first chapter. Only a select few are covered in this introduction; other theories are introduced in later chapters in the point in the lifespan during which this theory becomes most salient. This is problematic, as the stages are not firmly restricted to these age bands. A review of all theories in the beginning would be helpful to the reader. The book does not cover some theories (e.g., Spiritual development). Adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) are not covered at all, and the research has been around for 20 years. Any discussion of human development that does not include this research is incomplete. Other topics (e.g., sexuality, gender identity) are presented in greater detail than other texts I’ve seen. The discussion of grief models, especially refutations of the Kubler-Ross model, are excellent and represent modern research.
The information presented in the text appears to be accurate, with the exception of a few areas that need to be updated with contemporary research.
The text does not include contemporary research on Adverse Childhood Experiences, neuroimaging, and neuropsychology. This contemporary research has enhanced or refuted many long-held theories and must be represented in any discussion of human development
The information presented is written clearly and in a way that is easy to understand and comprehend.
The book appears to be presented in a consistent manner, with regard to terminology, framework, and layout. The authors were not consistent with the depth to which topics are covered; this may be an indication of the authors areas of interest and areas for development.
The book is chunked very well. The chapters are broken down in a rational manner and each chapter includes many smaller sections with headings.
The book is chunked very well. The chapters are broken down in a rational manner and each chapter includes many smaller sections with headings. The authors were not consistent with the depth to which topics are covered; this may be an indication of the authors areas of interest and areas for development.
The book has a very good look. The table of contents is navigable, and there are links to sources embedded within. The graphics, tables, and charts are clear and readable.
The authors use correct grammar and have edited the book well for mechanical and grammatical errors.
The book presents cultural information more completely in some areas and more incompletely in other areas. This is an area of the text that could use additional fine-tuning. Stereotype threat introduced in the section on age, although the research emerged from discussions of race and ethnicity. The book covers sexuality and gender identity in more depth than other texts I’ve used.
Based on the current edition of the text, I cannot say that I would use this book over a traditionally published text without having to provide many additional readings to supplement incomplete areas. At best, there are chapters from this text I could see assigning to supplement additional readings.
Table of Contents
- Chapter 1: Introduction to Lifespan Development
- Chapter 2: Heredity, Prenatal Development, and Birth
- Chapter 3: Infancy and Toddlerhood
- Chapter 4: Early Childhood
- Chapter 5: Middle and Late Childhood
- Chapter 6: Adolescence
- Chapter 7: Emerging and Early Adulthood
- Chapter 8: Middle Adulthood
- Chapter 9: Late Adulthood
- Chapter 10: Death and Dying
About the Book
This textbook introduces the idea of lifespan development from a psychological perspective.
About the Contributors
Martha Lally is an Instructor in the Psychology department at the College of Lake County.
Suzanne Valentine-French is an Instructor in the Psychology department at the College of Lake County.