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For undergraduate courses in Adulthood and Aging, Gerontology, and#xA0;Adult Development. #xA0; This best-selling book discusses the aspects of #x1C;successful aging,#x1D; covering growth and development from young adulthood to old age, and the impact that culture, gender, ethnicity, and individual differences have on these processes. #xA0; For Barbara Bjorklund, the subject matter in Journey of Adulthood#xA0; 6ehas never been far from home: as a middle-aged adult who is on this very journey along with her husband, looking ahead toward their parents who are in late adulthood and back toward their children who are making their own way through adulthood, she has found that there is always room to learn#xA0;- always room to#xA0;grow. One of the major goals of this text is to capture this dynamic process of adult development from young adulthood to the end of life. Its core is made up of research findings from large-scale projects and major theories of adult development, but it also reflects smaller studies of diverse groups, showing the influences of gender, culture, ethnicity, race, and socioeconomic background on this journey. Combined, this material creates for an exciting and thorough view on the process of "successful aging."

Table of Contents

Table of Contents



Chapter 1 - Introduction to Adult Development

    Basic Concepts in Adult Development

    Sources of Stability

    A Word about "Age"

    Setting the Course: Some Guiding Perspectives

    Developmental Research

    A Final Word


    Key Terms

    Suggested Reading


Chapter 2 - Physical Changes

    Theories of Primary Aging

    Physical Changes During Adulthood

    Changes in Physical Behavior

    Individual Differences in Primary Aging

    Can We "Turn Back the Clock" of Primary Aging?

    An Overview of the Physical Changes in Adulthood


    Key Terms

    Suggested Reading


Chapter 3 - Health and Health Habits

    Mortality Rates and Causes of Death

    Morbidity Rates, Illness, and Disabilities

    Specific Diseases

    Mental Disorders

    Individual Differences in Health


    Key Terms

    Suggested Reading


Chapter 4 - Cognitive Abilities



    Real-World Cognition

    Individual Differences in Cognitive Change


    Key Terms

    Suggested Reading


Chapter 5 - Social Roles

    Social Roles and Transitions

    Gender Roles and Gender Stereotypes

    Social Roles in Early Adulthood

    Social Roles in Middle Adulthood

    Social Roles in Late Adulthood

    Social Roles in Atypical Families

    The Effect of Variations in Timing


    Key Terms

    Suggested Reading


Chapter 6 - Social Relationships

    Theories of Social Relationships

    Intimate Partnerships in Adulthood

    Relationships with Other Family Members

    Friendships in Adulthood


    Key Terms

    Suggested Reading


Chapter 7 - Work and Retirement

    The Importance of Work in Adulthood

    Selecting a Career

    Age Trends in Work Experience

    Work and Personal Life


    A Concluding Note


    Key Terms

    Suggested Reading


Chapter 8 - Personality            

    Personality Structures

    Theories of Personality Development


    Key Terms

    Suggested Reading


Chapter 9 - The Quest for Meaning

    Why a Chapter on the Quest for Meaning

    The Study of Age-Related Changes in Meaning Systems

    Theories of Spiritual Development

    Integrating Meaning and Personality: A Preliminary Theoretical Synthesis

    The Process of Transition

    Commentary and Conclusions


    Key Terms

    Suggested Reading


Chapter 10 - Stress, Coping, and Resistance

    Stress, Stressors, and Stress Reactions

    Types of Stress

    Effects of Stress

    Coping with Stress



    Key Terms

    Suggested Reading


Chapter 11 - Death and Bereavement

    Achieving an Understanding of Death

    The Process of Death

    After Death Occurs: Rituals and Grieving

    Lying and Dying: A Final Word


    Key Terms

    Suggested Reading


Chapter 12 - The Successful Journey

    Themes of Adult Development

    Variations in Successful Adult Development


    Key Terms

    Suggested Reading





Author Index

Subject Index


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