Adult Development and Aging (6th Edition) by John C. Cavanaugh, Fredda Blanchard-Fields

By John C. Cavanaugh, Fredda Blanchard-Fields

Written inside a biopsychosocial framework, Cavanaugh and Blanchard-Fields' best-selling textual content covers the explicit ages-stages of grownup improvement and getting older. In its exceptional insurance of present learn and concept, the authors draw transparent connections among examine and alertness. The book's specialise in "positive aging" and the earnings and losses humans adventure throughout maturity distinguish it from its rivals.

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What are the nature–nurture, stability–change, continuity–discontinuity, and the “universal versus context-specific development” controversies? L evar Johnson smiled broadly as he held his newborn granddaughter for the first time. So many thoughts rushed into his mind. He could only imagine the kinds of things Devonna would experience growing up. He hoped that she would have a good neighborhood in which to play and explore her world. He hoped that she inherited the family genes for good health.

This isn’t always true, of course, which makes it difficult to know why age differences are found in a cross-sectional study. In short, age and cohort effects are confounded in cross-sectional research. Despite the confounding of age and cohort and the limitation of being able to identify only age differences, cross-sectional designs dominate the research literature in gerontology. Why? The reason is a pragmatic one: Because all the measurements are obtained at one time, cross-sectional research can be conducted more quickly and inexpensively than research using other designs.

Four main issues occupy most of the discussion: nature versus nurture, stability versus change, continuity versus discontinuity, and universal versus context-specific development. Because each of these issues cuts across the topics we discuss in this book, let’s consider each briefly. The Nature–Nurture Issue. Think for a minute about a particular characteristic that you and several people in your family have, such as intelligence, good looks, or a friendly, outgoing personality. Why is this trait so prevalent?

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