Development Through Adulthood An Integrative Sourcebook

ISBN-10: 0230297994

ISBN-13: 9780230297999

Edition: 2012

Authors: Oliver Robinson
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Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan Limited
Publication date: 10/30/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 472
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 2.816
Language: English

Dr Oliver Robinson is a Senior Lecturer in Psychology at the University of Greenwich, London, an Honorary Teaching Fellow at Birkbeck College, and a manager of the Scientific and Medical Network.

List of Tables
List of Figures
List of Boxes
Preface
Acknowledgements
Publisher's Acknowledgements
Adulthood, Development and the Biopsychosocial Paradigm
Ways of defining adulthood
Defining adult development
Three kinds of change in development
The biopsychosocial paradigm of development
Concluding comments
Questions for you to reflect on
Summary points
Research Methods in Adult Development
Description, understanding, explanation and prediction
Developmental research designs
Quantitative methods in adult development
Qualitative methods in adult development
Concluding comments
Questions for you to reflect on
Summary points
Cognitive Development
The Neo-Piagetian paradigm
The psychometric paradigm of cognitive ageing
Individual differences in cognitive ageing in older adults
Who improves, who maintains, who declines in cognitive ability?
Ways of enhancing cognitive ability in older adults
Concluding comments
Questions for you to reflect on
Summary points
Emotional Development
The functionalist theory of emotions
Emotional developments in childhood: A very brief review
Adult emotional development
Developments in emotional complexity and emotional integration
Changes in happiness and subjective wellbeing with age
The positivity effect in older adults
Changes in emotional intelligence and emotional regulation across adulthood
Emotions within specific contexts in adulthood
Concluding comments
Questions for you to reflect on
Summary points
Motivational Development
The primary drives across adulthood
Classic lifespan goal theories
Contemporary lifespan goal theories
Selection, Optimisation and Compensation (SOC) Theory
Self-efficacy in adulthood
Motivational maturity: The importance of intrinsically motivated and integrated goals
Purpose and meaning in adulthood: The search for ultimate goals
Adult motivation in context: The motive to volunteer
Concluding comments
Questions for you to reflect on
Summary points
Psychosocial Life Stages, Transitions and Crises
Erik Erikson's model of the life-cycle
Transition and crisis
Emerging adulthood
Early adulthood
Early adult crisis ('quarterlife' crisis)
The transition to parenthood
Midlife: The afternoon of life
Midlife transition and crisis
Menopause
The Third Age
The Fourth Age
Concluding comments: A critique of psychosocial stage and transition theories
Questions for you to reflect on
Summary points
Personality Development
Trait theory
Cross-sectional adult age differences in the Big Five traits
Four kinds of longitudinal change in traits
Longitudinal research on personality trait change
Genes and environment in adult trait change
The mature personality: Five conceptions
Theories of ego development
The life story approach to personality development
Concluding comments
Questions for you to reflect on
Summary points
Moral Development
Lawrence Kohlberg: A pioneer in moral development
Kohlberg's six-stage model
Longitudinal studies with adults using Kohlberg's method
The Minnesota 'Neo-Kohlbergian' approach
The moral cognition - moral action question
Carol Gilligan and the ethic of care
Jonathan Haidt and the Social Intuitionist Model
Martin Hoffman and the theory of prosocial morality
The pragmatic approach of Krebs and Denton
Crime in adulthood: When moral development fails
Concluding comments
Questions for you to reflect on
Summary points
Wisdom
The Berlin Wisdom Paradigm
Sternberg's balance theory of wisdom
Practical and transcendent wisdom
Self-report questionnaires assessing wisdom
Wisdom and age
Concluding comments
Questions for you to reflect on
Summary points
Spirituality and Religiosity
Spiritual/religious development: Differing empirical approaches
Religiosity, spirituality and age
Life events and religiosity
The directional perspective: Theories of religious or spiritual progress
Concluding comments
Questions for you to reflect on
Summary points
Mental Disorder, Age and Adult Life Events
Diathesis-stress models
George W. Brown and the Bedford method of assessing life events
Disorders with typical onset in late adolescence/emerging adulthood
Disorders with typical onset in early adulthood
Disorders with typical onset in late adulthood
Concluding comments
Questions for you to reflect on
Summary points
Social Developments in Adulthood
Romantic attachment in adulthood
Attachment to parents in adulthood
Love
Marriage and cohabitation
Parenthood and the family life-cycle
Divorce
Same-sex couples
Friendship in adulthood
Grandparenthood
Disengagement theory and social relationships in old age
Concluding comments
Questions for you to reflect on
Summary points
Career Development and Retirement
Career decision-making
Career change
Unemployment and job loss
Gender and the changing challenges of work-family balance
Retirement
Concluding comments
Questions for you to reflect on
Summary points
Dying and Bereavement
The process of dying: Coping with terminal illness
Bereavement and grief
Concluding comments
Questions for you to reflect on
Summary points
Glossary
References
Index
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