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Macmillan Higher Education Palgrave Higher Education

Development through Adulthood

An Integrative Sourcebook

ISBN 9780230297999
Publication Date December 2012
Formats Paperback Ebook (PDF) Ebook (EPUB) 
Publisher Palgrave Macmillan

From career development to retirement, and from marriage to bereavement, psychological development is a never-ending process. Adulthood is a time of change and transformation, and presents many unique challenges and opportunities. Combining classic studies and cutting-edge research, Oliver Robinson's Development through Adulthood will guide you through this rich and rewarding subject.

Key features:
* Uniquely covers qualitative as well as quantitative research;
* Individual voices bring theories to life by providing insight into real life experiences;
* Cross-cultural perspectives and alternative perspectives provide examples from beyond the UK and US, offering an important counterbalance to western research;
* Real-world application features highlight important intervention strategies.

Development through Adulthood provides a unique interdisciplinary approach, making it invaluable reading for anybody studying human development, gerontology or an applied social science. Academically rigorous and elegantly written, it's the perfect guide to classic and current research in adult development.

Oliver Robinson is Senior Lecturer in the Department of Psychology and Counselling at the University of Greenwich, UK. His research focuses on how life transitions, crises and relationships are involved in shaping personality, values and identity, and his work has attracted media interest from The Times, the BBC, the New Scientist and The Guardian.

Adult Development: Meaning and Models
Research Methods in Adult Development
Cognitive Development
Emotional Development
Motivational Development
Psychosocial Life Stages, Transitions and Crises
Personality Development
Moral Development
Spirituality and Religiosity
Mental Disorder, Age and Adult Life Events
Family, Friends and Relationships
Career Development and Retirement
Dying and Bereavement


"The best evidence-based account I have read about what it is like to develop through adulthood." - Dan P. McAdams, the Henry Wade Rogers Professor of Psychology, Northwestern University
"This book should be read by everyone who would like to get a comprehensive view of modern psychological theories of adult development." – Dr. Eeva Kallio, University of Jyväskylä and University of Tampere, Finland, and President of the European Society for Adult Development
"This book is a refreshing new addition to the texts currently available in the area. It fills a much needed gap and will allow tutors and students to cover important and non-traditional aspects of development in an accessible and interesting way. It has been a pleasure to read." – Dr Christopher Barnes, University of Derby, UK
"An excellent book, superb in places…This could become the best lifespan book on the market." – Dr John Lambie, Anglia Ruskin University, UK
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