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Development through Adulthood: An integrative sourcebook


The second edition of this popular textbook is published by Macmillan Higher Education and Red Globe Press. It is used by universities around the world as essential reading for adult development and lifespan development modules. It is also popular with a general readership interested in how people change and transform as they pass through adulthood.


1 Adult Development: Meanings and Models
2 Research Methods in Adult Development
3 Cognitive Development
4 Emotional Development
5 Motivational Development
6 Psychosocial Life Stages, Transitions and Crises
7 Personality Development
8 Moral Development
9 Wisdom 
10 Spirituality and Religiosity
11 Mental Disorder, Age and Adult Life Events
12 Social Developments in Adulthood
13 Career Development and Retirement
14 Dying and Bereavement


Key features: 
* 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 essential reading for anybody studying human development, gerontology or an applied social science. 



  • Paperback: 496 pages

  • Publisher: Macmillan Higher Education

  • ISBN-10: 1352009595

  • ISBN-13: 978-1352009590

Endorsements for the second edition

"This excellent text on adult development will be welcomed by instructors and students for its comprehensive coverage as well as its engaging presentation. Oliver Robinson is one of the world's leading scholars on adult development, and he has expertly selected the most important material for students to know." Jeffrey Jensen Arnett, Clark University, USA

"Dr Oliver Robinson has produced a wonderful synthesis of the literature on adult development. This volume integrates different ideas, models and theories into a coherent framework. The book is full of fresh insights and can be used both with a wider audience interested in the field, and also as a textbook in universities." Eeva Kallio, University of Jyvaskyla, Finland

"Development through Adulthood offers a fascinating read on everything you could want to know about the adult years of the life course in one brilliant volume. Oliver Robinson writes in a clear and engaging style that will spark the interest of students and professors alike." Margie Lachman, Brandeis University, USA

"Robinson does an excellent job of synthesising disparate and complex literatures into a comprehensive and engaging book that will appeal to students, educators and researchers from a range of disciplines." Warren Donnellan, University of Liverpool, UK



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