Middle adulthood: a lifespan perspective

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Sage Publications, Jun 23, 2005 - Psychology - 425 pages
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This edited book is a publication devoted to the long neglected issue of development during middle adulthood. It adopts a truly lifespan approach, by considering not only development between 40 and 65 years of age, but also the impact that adolescence and young adulthood can exert on midlife, and the continuity from middle age into old age. It covers a broad range of topics, from the development of the self to cognitive changes to genetic influences. All chapters provide empirical data, based on major longitudinal studies on adult development, with an international coverage. The book also provides a unified perspective, in that midlife is not to be considered a period of mere stability as has often been proposed, but evinces large variability both across individuals and across psychological functions; all chapters demonstrate the necessity of adopting a multidimensional view on development. It represents a synthesis of the current work on midlife development from leading researchers in the field.

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Historical Perspectives
Early Life Influences on Middle Age
Personality in Young Adulthood

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Sherry L. Willis is Professor of Human Development at The Pennsylvania State University. She received her Ph.D. in Educadtional Psychology from the University of Texas at Austin.  Her research interests include:  adult cognitive development with a focus on middle age, cognitive training in later adulthood, and everyday problem solving in adulthood.  She is a co-director of the Seattle Longitudinal Study with K. Warner Schaie, and has co-authored the textbook Adult Development and Aging, Fifth Edition.  She is co-editor of two other books on midlife:  Life in the Middle (with J. Reid) and The Baby Boomers (with S. Whitbourne).  She is a Fellow of the Gerontological Society of America, the American Psychological Society, and Divisions 15 and 20 of the American Psychological Association, and a past-president of APA Division 20, Adult Development and Aging (1993-1994).  In 1992, she received the Pattishall Distinguished Research Award and in 1999 the Pennsylvania State University Faculty Scholar Medal for Outstanding Achievement.

Mike Martin is Professor for Gerontopsychology and Director of the Center of Gerontology at The University of Zurich, Switzerland.  He received a Master's Degree at the University of Georgia, his Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology at The University of Mainz, Germany, and his habilitation at The German Center for Research on Ageing at The University of Heidelberg.  His research focuses on longitudinal and experimental studies of cognitive and social development across the lifespan, including studies examining predictors of development in childhood, middle adulthood, old, and extreme old age.  Recent publications include an encyclopedia of gerontology and a textbook on the psychological aspects of aging.