Adult Development and Aging offers professors and students a clear, comprehensive and current account of the salient issues and concerns that dominate the field of adult development. Hoyer and Roodin employ an interdisciplinary, process oriented perspective to show students the past, present, and future of our understanding and research in adult development.
In this thoroughly-revised new edition, Hoyer and Roodin continue to provide cutting edge material in an accessible manner for undergraduates. With a new theme of developmental bioculturalism running throughout, the authors also present the most balanced and comprehensive coverage of biological, health, cognitive, and social areas.
The 4th edition is a good revision of a good Adulthood text.
By Suzanne Prescott - January 17, 1999
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... read more
Adult Development and Aging
By Paula Woods Gulston - January 30, 2009
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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.
WARNING - this book is poorly edited!
By AvidReader - May 14, 2009
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,... read more
Written within a biopsychosocial framework, Cavanaugh and Blanchard-Fields' best-selling text covers the specific ages-stages of adult development and aging. In its unparalleled coverage of current ...