Author Tara L. Kuther integrates cutting-edge and classic research throughout the text to present a unified story of developmental psychology and its applications to everyday life. Robust pedagogy, student-friendly writing, and an inviting design enhance this exciting and inclusive exploration of the ways in which context informs our understanding of the life span.
Tara L. Kuther is Professor of Psychology at Western Connecticut State University where she has taught courses in child, adolescent, and adult development since 1996. She earned her BA in Psychology from Western Connecticut State University and her MA and PhD in Developmental Psychology at Fordham University. Dr. Kuther's research on moral development, social cognition, and risks to adolescent development has appeared in journals such as Journal of Adolescence, Journal of Early Adolescence, Addictive Behaviors, and the American Journal of Orthopsychiatry. Dr. Kuther is particularly interested in promoting undergraduate and graduate students' professional development and has authored over a dozen books intended to help students navigate the challenges of pursing undergraduate and graduate degrees in psychology. Dr Kuther is Fellow of the Society for the Teaching of Psychology (American Psychological Association, Division 2). Her interest in promoting excellence in college teaching has influenced her scholarly and professional activities. Dr. Kuther's work examining ethical issues that arise in higher education and methods of sensitizing students to ethical issues has appeared in journals such as Teaching of Psychology, College Teaching, and Gerontology and Geriatrics Education. Currently the chair of the Society for Research in Child Development Teaching Committee, Dr. Kuther has also been active in the Society for the Teaching of Psychology as Executive Committee member, chair of the Task Force on Instructional Research Awards, and chair of the Long Range Planning Committee.
Part I: Foundations of Life Span Human Development Chapter 1: Understanding Human Development: Approaches and Theories What is Life Span Human Development? Basic Issues in Life Span Human Development Theoretical Perspectives on Human Development Research in Human Development Ethical Issues in Research Chapter 2: Biological and Environmental Foundations Genetic Foundations of Development Patterns of Genetic Inheritance Chromosomal and Genetic Problems Heredity and Environment Chapter 3: The Prenatal Period, Birth, and the Newborn Prenatal Development Environmental Influences on Prenatal Development Birth and the Newborn Part II: Infancy and Toddlerhood Chapter 4: Physical Development in Infancy and Toddlerhood Body Growth and Nutrition in Infants and Toddlers Brain Development during Infancy and Toddlerhood Inborn and Early Learning Capacities Sensation and Perception during Infancy and Toddlerhood Motor Development during Infancy and Toddlerhood Chapter 5: Cognitive Development in Infancy and Toddlerhood Piaget's Cognitive-Developmental Perspective Information Processing Individual Differences in Infant Intelligence Language Development Chapter 6: Socioemotional Development in Infancy and Toddlerhood Psychosocial Tasks in Infancy Emotional Development in Infancy and Toddlerhood Temperament Attachment Self-Concept and Self-Recognition Part III: Early Childhood Chapter 7: Physical and Cognitive Development in Early Childhood Growth and Motor Development in Early Childhood Brain Development in Early Childhood Cognition in Early Childhood Young Children's Language Development Moral Development in Early Childhood Contextual Influences on Development in Early Childhood Chapter 8: Socioemotional Development in Early Childhood Emerging Sense of Self Parenting Gender Role Development Play and Peer Relationships Part IV: Middle Childhood Chapter 9: Physical and Cognitive Development in Middle Childhood Physical and Motor Development Cognitive Development Intelligence Moral Development Language Development Learning and Schooling Chapter 10: Socioemotional Development in Middle Childhood Psychosocial Development in Middle Childhood Peer Relationships in Middle Childhood Families Common Psychosocial and Developmental Problems in Middle Childhood Part V: Adolescence Chapter 11: Physical and Cognitive Development in Adolescence Physical Development in Adolescence Adolescent Physical and Mental Health Adolescent Moral Development Chapter 12: Socioemotional Development in Adolescence The Changing Self Adolescents and Their Families Adolescents and Their Peers Adolescent Sexuality Problems in Adolescence Part VI: Early Adulthood Chapter 13: Physical and Cognitive Development in Early Adulthood Physical Development in Early Adulthood Health, Fitness, and Wellness in Early Adulthood Cognitive Development in Early Adulthood: Post-Formal Reasoning Education and Vocational Development in Early Adulthood Chapter 14: Socioemotional Development in Early Adulthood Psychosocial Development in Early Adulthood Relationships and Lifestyles in Early Adulthood Parenthood in Early Adulthood Careers in Early Adulthood Part VII: Middle Adulthood Chapter 15: Physical and Cognitive Development in Middle Adulthood Physical Development in Middle Adulthood Cognitive Development: Intelligence in Middle Adulthood Information Processing in Middle Adulthood Chapter 16: Socioemotional Development in Middle Adulthood Psychosocial Development in Middle Adulthood The Self in Midlife Relationships in Middle Adulthood Careers in Middle Adulthood Part VIII: Late Adulthood Chapter 17: Physical and Cognitive Development in Late Adulthood Life Expectancy Physical Development in Late Adulthood Health and Disability in Late Adulthood Mental Health in Late Adulthood Cognitive Development in Late Adulthood Chapter 18: Socioemotional Development in Late Adulthood and the End of Life Older Adults and the Sense of Self Well-Being in Older Adulthood Aging and the Social World Late Adulthood and Social Contexts Relationships in Late Adulthood Retirement Death and Bereavement in Older Adulthood