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For undergraduate courses in Adulthood and Aging, Gerontology, and Adult Development. This best-selling book discusses the aspects of "successful aging," covering growth and development from emerging adulthood to old age, and the impact that culture, gender, ethnicity, and individual differences have on these processes. For Barbara Bjorklund, the subject matter in Journey of Adulthood has 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 young adulthood, she has found that there is always room to learn - always room to grow. One of the major goals of this text is to capture this dynamic process of adult development from emerging adulthood to the end of life. Its core is made up of research findings from large longitudinal studies 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." Click here to hear author Barbara Bjorklund discuss the new edition of The Journey of Adulthood! www.youtube.com/watch?v=M58giaf0Xho
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Table of Contents

Glossary 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 Summary 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 Summary 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 Summary Key Terms Suggested Reading Chapter 4 - Cognitive Abilities Intelligences Memory Real-World Cognition Individual Differences in Cognitive Change Summary 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 Summary Key Terms Suggested Reading Chapter 6 - Social Relationships Theories of Social Relationships Intimate Partnerships in Adulthood Relationships with Other Family Members Friendships in Adulthood Summary 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 Retirements A Concluding Note Summary Key Terms Suggested Reading Chapter 8 - Personality Personality Structures Theories of Personality Development Summary 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 Summary Key Terms Suggested Reading Chapter 10 - Stress, Coping, and Resistance Stress, Stressors, and Stress Reactions Types of Stress Effects of Stress Coping with Stress Resilience Summary Key Terms Suggested Reading Chapter 11 - The Successful Journey Themes of Adult Development Variations in Successful Adult Development Summary Key Terms Suggested Reading Chapter 12 - Death and Bereavement Achieving an Understanding of Death The Process of Death After Death Occurs: Rituals and Grieving Lying and Dying: A Final Word Summary Key Terms Suggested Reading ReferencesGlossaryCreditsAuthor IndexSubject Index

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