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Adult Development & Aging Hardcover – July 15, 2002

ISBN-13: 978-0072564884 ISBN-10: 0072564881 Edition: 5th

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 688 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Humanities/Social Sciences/Languages; 5 edition (July 15, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0072564881
  • ISBN-13: 978-0072564884
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 1.2 x 9.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,776,647 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

John Santrock received his PH.D from the University of Minnesota in 1973. He has held teaching positions at the University of Charleston and the University of Georgia before joining the Psychology Department at the University of Texas at Dallas. John Santrock is a member of the editorial board of Developmental Psychology. His research on father custody is widely cited and used in expert witness testimony to promote flexibility and alternative considerations in custody disputes. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Most sentences were too wordy, grammatically incorrect, or just written poorly.
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What could be an easy read in terms of content, is made that much harder through redundancy/usage of complicated words(over and over and over again).
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Suzanne Prescott on January 17, 1999
Format: Hardcover
Here we have a text that was already very good. This edition is a thorough review of major contemporary approaches to adult development. As an instructor I tend to favor a contextual lifespan approach and I found the treatment of contextual lifespan psychology to be more than adequate.
The chapter organization is good and the review questions at the end of each chapter are very useful in the course. My students are college juniors and seniors, and they find it easy to read.
I tend to avoid texts that don't do an adequate job of presenting research. This text has a sound introduction to current research in the field, and is an excellent choice for me.
Instructors looking for a good presentation of work on cognition in Adulthood will find the associated chapters useful as both a text and reference material to keep on hand for other courses, such as a 'Lifespan Psychology' course.
The new edition includes more on women, cross-cultural aging, personality and clinical aspects of aging, grandparenting, as well as much new material on aging and adaptation.
I would certainly recommend this book for any solid college level course on Adulthood.
Suzanne Prescott, PhD Governors State University University Park, IL. USA
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By AvidReader on May 14, 2009
Format: Hardcover
I just taught an undergraduate class using this book and I would NOT recommend it to other instructors. It looked good when I decided to adopt it for my class because it integrates a lot of cutting edge research, but teaching with it is a mess because it is so poorly edited.

Students thought it was wordy and did not clearly state the most important findings. They got very confused while studying for tests.

Core theories such as socioemotional selectivity theory or selective optimization with compensation are briefly mentioned at multiple locations but never discussed in detail.

In several cases, definitions in the glossary are inconsistent with those in the text (e.g., "longevity").

Sections of the book contradict each other. At least one graph is duplicated and the legend of some graphs contradicts the findings shown in the figure itself (see, for example Box Figure 10.2a).

Also, some terms are just plain wrong. For example, Super's penultimate stage of career development is called "deceleration" not "declaration" (page 338).

The whole chapter on mental health is a mess. It relies a lot on a study by Kessler et al, examining lifetime prevalence of mental disorders. Lifetime prevalence is not that interesting for life-span development. It would have been much more helpful to have data on one-year prevalence. Also, some sections of that chapter seem out of place (e.g. the paragraph on personality risk and mental health on page 137).

Also, I was sorely missing a chapter on research methods and had to make up my own material to cover that important topic.

Finally, don't bother downloading the PPT slides the publishers provide for instructors. They are not very helpful (almost no graphs, just a bland summary of the content)

Overall, a nice attempt at integrating up-to-date research, but the poor editing makes it difficult to work with.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Paula Woods Gulston on January 30, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Adult Development and Aging: WITH Powerweb

So far this textbook has been very informatiive in understanding the development of the aging population. The book emphasis aging is more than chronological but a lifestyle.

I would recommend this book to anyone who have an interest in social services, health, geriatrics, human behaviors or would like to understand what to expect out of your own life in regards to aging.
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By HINA on July 13, 2014
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By Rev on February 21, 2013
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This is without question the absolute WORST textbook that I have ever suffered the misfortune of being assigned to read in a college class. No other even comes close. The bloated, insufferably pretentious and inappropriately technical writing style (this is an undergraduate level text, not an peer-reviewed academic journal) rendered otherwise accesible concepts tiresome and unwieldly. The chapters themselves are lengthy and poorly laid out; the graphs incomprehensible; the index useless. Cross your fingers that your prof. avoids this grinding, absurdly overpriced monstrosity.
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By Maritza on February 10, 2013
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Came a little earlier then expected! It was great would order again the book was in the exact shape it was described
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By Krystal Fergel on April 26, 2012
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Book is in great shape just as described! No highlights or misuse and the pages are crisp, almost new. A+ Seller! :D
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By Overview on December 1, 2011
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