Development Through Life: A Psychosocial Approach

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Cengage Learning, Dec 20, 2012 - Psychology - 768 pages
Newman and Newman use a chronological approach to present development across the life span, drawing on the psychosocial theory of Erik Erikson to provide a conceptual framework for the text. The authors address physical, intellectual, social, and emotional growth in all life stages, focusing on the idea that development results from the interdependence of these areas at every stage, and placing special emphasis on optimal development through life.
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I am a grad student in psychology and psychotherapy. I used this fabulous book for my Human Behavior class when I wanted to get a better idea of Eriksonian theories, which are the meat of this book. The book is extremely well written, clear, and carefully organized. It is full of lovingly designed, clear and arranged diagrams that assist the reader in understanding the material. Finally a book that is a pleasure to read!
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Brief Author Biographies
The Development Through Life Perspective
Major Theories for Understanding Human Development
Psychosocial Theory
The Period of Pregnancy and Prenatal Development
Infancy First 24 Months
Toddlerhood Ages 2 and 3
Early School Age 4 to 6 Years
Early Adulthood 24 to 34 Years
Middle Adulthood 34 to 60 Years
Later Adulthood 60 to 75 Years
Elderhood 75 Until Death
Understanding Death Dying and Bereavement
The Research Process

Middle Childhood 6 to 11Years
Early Adolescence 12 to 18 Years
Later Adolescence 18 to 24 Years
Name Index
Subject Index

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Barbara M. Newman (Ph.D., University of Michigan) is a professor emeritus in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies at the University of Rhode Island. She has also been on the faculty at Russell Sage College and The Ohio State University, where she served as department chair in Human Development and Family Science and as associate provost for Faculty Recruitment and Development. She has taught courses in life-span development, adolescence, family theories, and the research process. Dr. Newman's current research focus is on the sense of belonging among college students, with particular attention to students in minoritized groups. She is a member of a research team investigating the developing sense of purpose among students with disabilities. For fun, Dr. Newman enjoys reading, making up projects with her grandchildren, taking walks along Narragansett Bay and Block Island Sound, and spending time with her family.

Philip R. Newman (Ph.D., University of Michigan) is a social psychologist whose research has focused on the transition to high school as well as on group identity and alienation. Together with Barbara Newman, he has worked on programs to bring low-income minority youths to college and to study the processes involved in their academic success. They are coauthors of 13 books, including a book on theories of human development, and numerous articles in the field of human development. Dr. Newman's current project is a book about how high schools impact the health and psychosocial development of adolescents. He has taught courses in introductory psychology, adolescence, social psychology, developmental psychology, counseling, and family, school, and community contexts for development. He served as the director for Research and Evaluation of the Young Scholars Program at The Ohio State University and as the director of the Human Behavior Curriculum Project for the American Psychological Association. He is a fellow of the American Psychological Association, the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues (SPSSI), and the American Orthopsychiatric Association. He home schooled his three children through elementary and middle school. For fun, Dr. Newman enjoys photography, reading mysteries, attending concerts and Broadway plays, and watching baseball.

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