Journey of Adulthood

ISBN-10: 0023081163
ISBN-13: 9780023081163
Edition: 3rd 1996
Authors: Helen L. Bee
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Description: 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, and individual differences have on these processes. Its conversational and  More...

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Book details

List price: $69.33
Edition: 3rd
Copyright year: 1996
Publisher: Prentice Hall PTR
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 640
Size: 8.50" wide x 10.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 2.596
Language: English

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, and individual differences have on these processes. Its conversational and positive tone keeps readers interested in the subject matter, as it encourages them to apply the concepts of the book to their own lives. It presents research findings, theories, and models from the fields of developmental psychology, social psychology, health psychology, sociology, and others to discuss topics of prevention, compensation, gains, and losses. For psychologists, sociologists, and gerontologists interested in a valuable resource for information about the aging process.

Preface
Defining the Journey: Some Assumptions, Definitions, and Methods
Explaining Development in Adulthood
Explaining Stability in Adulthood
Asking the Questions: Research Designs and Methods
Finding the Answers: Collecting and Analyzing Data
Theories of Adult Development
Conceptual Organization of Theories
Theories of Developmental Progress With Stages
Developmental Progress Without Stages: Vaillant's Theory of Adaptation to Life
Theories of Developmental Change With Stages
Theories of Developmental Change Without Stages
Additional Theoretical Complexities
Some Shared Flaws and Weaknesses in the Theories
Physical Changes
Theories of Primary Aging
Longevity, Life Expectancy, and Life Span
Physical Changes over Adulthood
The Effects of Physical Aging on Behavior
Pulling the Threads Together: An Overview of Physical Changes in Adulthood
Some Recurring Themes and Remaining Questions
Health and Health Habits
Age-Related Patterns in Health and Disease
Age Changes in Specific Diseases
Age Changes in Mental Health
Individual Differences in Health and Disease
A Review of Age-Related Health Changes
Changes in Cognitive Abilities
Intelligence
Memory
Real-World Cognition
Individual Differences in Cognitive Change
Review of Age Changes and Search for Balance
Social Roles
Social Role 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
Development of Relationships
Development of Adult Relationships: Some Theories
Intimate Partnerships in Adulthood
Relationships with Other Family Members
Friendships in Adulthood
Review of Social Relationships in Adulthood
Work and Retirement
Importance of Work in Adulthood
Selecting a Career
Age Trends in Work Experience
Work and Personal Life
Retirement
Effects of Retirement
A Concluding Note
Personality Stability and Change
Personality Trait Structures
Personality Development
Personality Stability or Change
The Growth of Meaning
Why a Chapter on the Growth of Meaning?
How Can We Study Possible Age Changes in Meaning Systems?
Religious Participation over Adulthood
The Development of Meaning Systems over Adulthood
Integrating Meaning and Personality: A Preliminary Theoretical Synthesis
The Process of Transition
Commentary and Conclusions
Stress and Resistance
A Few Theories of Stress
Effects of Stress on Adult Functioning
Individual Differences in Stress Experience and Response
Resistance Resources
Specific Types of Stressful Events in Adulthood
Themes of Adult Development
Young Adulthood: From 18 to 25
Early Adulthood: From 25 to 40
Middle Adulthood: From 40 to 65
Late Adulthood: From 65 to 75
Late-Late Adulthood: From 75 Until Death
Death and Dying
The Meanings of Death
Fear and Anxiety About Death
Preparation for Death
The Process of Dying
Where Death Occurs
Physician-Assisted Suicide
After Death: Rituals and Grieving
Living and Dying: A Final Word
The Successful Journey: Individual Differences in Adult Development
Variations in Successful Adult Development
A Model of Adult Growth and Development: Trajectories and Pathways
A Last Look at the Model
References
Glossary
Credits
Author Index
Subject Index

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