Journey of Adulthood

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  • Edition: 8th
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2014-02-07
  • Publisher: Pearson
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Applies Successful Aging to Adult Development


Journey of Adulthood, 8/e by Barbara R. Bjorklund discusses the aspects of “successful aging,” covering growth and development from emerging adulthood to old age. The author combines new and classic research as well as first person experience of adult development. This title helps students understand the development of adults as they leave adolescence and move through their adult years until the end of life. Comprised of both large longitudinal studies and major theories of adult development as well as smaller studies of diverse groups, students will see the influences of gender, culture, ethnicity, race, and socioeconomics background on this journey.  


Note: this is the standalone book, if you want the book/access code order the ISBN below:


0133775666 / 9780133775662 Journey of Adulthood Plus NEW MySearchLab with Pearson eText -- Access Card Package 8/e

Package consists of:   

0205239927 / 9780205239924 MySearchLab with Pearson eText -- Valuepack Access Card

0205970753 / 9780205970759 Journey of Adulthood


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Author Biography

Barbara R. Bjorklund is an adjunct professor at the Wilkes Honors College of Florida Atlantic University in Jupiter, Florida, where she teaches courses in developmental psychology, social psychology, and forensic psychology. She has a Ph.D. in life-span developmental psychology from the University of Georgia and has published research on a variety of developmental psychology topics, including memory development and eye-witness testimony. She also has worked as a columnist and features writer for Parents Magazine and has authored books on child development. In 2000 she took over the fourth edition of Journey of Adulthood from Helen Bee and has authored each following edition. Parts of these books have been written in Germany, Spain, and New Zealand where Dr. Bjorklund and her husband served as visiting professors. Her interests outside the office include photography and travel. She is co-founder of the Book Club in the Farms, which has just celebrated its 10th anniversary. Dr. Bjorklund is a third generation Floridian and lives in Jupiter Farms, Florida, with her husband, David Bjorklund. They are frequent visitors to their 9 grandchildren living in Florida and Virginia. They are expecting numbers 10 and 11 (twins) in April 2014.

Table of Contents

In this Section:

1. Brief Table of Contents

2. Full Table of Contents

1. Brief Table of Contents:


Chapter 1: Introduction to Adult Development

Chapter 2: Physical Changes

Chapter 3: Health and Health Habits

Chapter 4: Cognitive Abilities

Chapter 5: Social Roles

Chapter 6: Social Relationships

Chapter 7: Work and Retirement

Chapter 8: Personality

Chapter 9: The Quest for Meaning

Chapter 10: Stress, Coping, and Resistance

Chapter 11: Death and Bereavement

Chapter 12: The Successful Journey


2. Full 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


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


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


Chapter 4:    Cognitive Abilities



Real-World Cognition

Individual Differences in Cognitive Change


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


Chapter 6:    Social Relationships

Theories of Social Relationships

Intimate Partnerships in Adulthood

Relationships with Other Family Members

Friendships in Adulthood


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


Chapter 8:    Personality            

Personality Structures

Theories of Personality Development


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


Chapter 10:    Stress, Coping, and Resistance

Stress, Stressors, and Stress Reactions

Types of Stress

Effects of Stress

Coping with Stress



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


Chapter 12:    The Successful Journey

Themes of Adult Development

Variations in Successful Adult Development


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