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Lifespan Development: A Psychological Perspective

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Martha Lally, College of Lake County

Suzanne Valentine-French, College of Lake County

Pub Date: 2017

Publisher: Independent

Language: English

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Reviewed by Jennifer Parta-Arno, Psychology Instructor, Minnesota State on 2/7/19

Overall I found this text to be very comprehensive in covering all of the developmental stages and topics that I have used in other textbooks. It has a good layout of information that is for the most part relevant and up to date. read more


Reviewed by Lori Waters, Lecturer - Adjunct Faculty, Leeward Community College on 1/25/19

The research and experiment chapter was easily readable, attractive and enticing. Good, solid, well rounded text. I will highly recommend this text. read more


Reviewed by Glinda Rawls, Associate Professor, Western Michigan University on 12/14/18

Much of the content presented in the chapters is standard for most lifespan development textbooks. read more


Reviewed by Jamie Nordling, Assistant Professor, Augustana College on 11/18/18

The book content matches what I currently teach. read more


Reviewed by Lisa Dunkley, Assistant Professor, East Tennessee State University on 10/23/18

The text is comparative to other texts in the field. However, disability inclusive issues across the lifespan would add for a more comprehensive outlook. read more


Reviewed by Christopher Belser, Assistant Professor, University of New Orleans on 6/20/18

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... read more


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.