Lifespan Development: Global Edition (7e) : 9781292065625

Lifespan Development: Global Edition (7e)

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Lifespan Development, 7/e by Denise G. Boyd and Helen L. Bee thoroughly and accessibly addresses the most critical concepts of development. Through their engaging writing style, the authors have made more abstract material about developmental theories approachable to students. Readers will appreciate both the applied nature of this title and the clarity of the authors’ presentation of current research. Students will emerge from your course with a thorough understanding of developmental science and will be able to apply this understanding to their own lives.

Table of contents

Table of Contents:


Part I: Foundations

Chapter 1:    Basic Concepts and Methods

Chapter 2:    Theories of Development

Chapter 3:    Prenatal Development and Birth 


Part II:  Infancy

Chapter 4:    Physical, Sensory, and Perceptual Development in Infancy

Chapter 5:    Cognitive Development in Infancy

Chapter 6:    Social and Personality Development in Infancy


Part III: Early Childhood

Chapter 7:    Physical and Cognitive Development in Early Childhood

Chapter 8:    Social and Personality Development in Early Childhood


Part IV:  Middle Childhood 

Chapter 9: Physical and Cognitive Development in Middle Childhood 

Chapter 10:   Social and Personality Development in Middle Childhood


Part V:  Adolescence 

Chapter 11: Physical and Cognitive Development in Adolescence 

Chapter 12: Social and Personality Development in Adolescence 


Part VI: Early Adulthood

Chapter 13: Physical and Cognitive Development in Early Adulthood

Chapter 14: Social and Personality Development in Early Adulthood


Part VII:   Middle Adulthood

Chapter 15:   Physical and Cognitive Development in Middle Adulthood 

Chapter 16    Social and Personality Development in Middle Adulthood


PART VIII:   Late Adulthood and the End of Life

Chapter 17:  Physical and Cognitive Development in Late Adulthood

Chapter 18:  Social and Personality Development in Late Adulthood 

Chapter 19: Death, Dying, and Bereavement 

New to this edition

Chapter-by-Chapter Changes:


Chapter 1:

  • Updated research on age differences in attainment of majority status around the world

Chapter 2:

  • Updated research on the bioecological perspective on resilience in children who live in refugee camps

Chapter 3:

  • Updated research on indirect effects of cocaine on prenatal development through its direct effects on placental function and other aspects of pregnancy

Chapter 4:

  • Updated research on the experiential basis of African infant precocity

Chapter 5:

  • Updated research on the use of pacifier-activated lullaby systems in neonatal intensive care units to reinforce sucking behavior in preterm newborns

Chapter 6:

  • New information on reactive attachment disorder, Autism Spectrum disorders
  • Updated research on cross-cultural differences in the variables associated with father-infant relationships that affect children’s development

Chapter 7:

  • Updated research on the contribution of group differences in low birth weight to group differences in IQ scores

Chapter 8:

  • New information on disruptive mood dysregulation disorder
  • Updated research on confounding factors that make interpretation of research on custodial grandparenting difficult

Chapter 9:

  • Updated research on the treatment and prevention of traumatic brain injury in school-aged children

Chapter 10:

  • New information on childhood-onset conduct disorder
  • Updated research on the complex relationship between social status and bullying

Chapter 11:

  • Updated research on the development of the prefrontal cortex and its association with risky behavior in adolescence

Chapter 12:

  • New information on adolescent-onset conduct disorder
  • Updated research on the risk factors for cyberbullying

Chapter 13:

  • New information on bipolar disorder
  • Updated research on the links between gender differences in post-secondary academic performance and male gender identity development

Chapter 14:

  • Updated research on monogamy in heterosexual and homosexual relationships

Chapter 15:

  • Updated research on the roles of laboratory tests, low-dose aspirin, and statin drugs in the prevention and treatment of cardiovascular disease

Chapter 16:

  • Updated research on multigenerational caregiving and caregiver burden

Chapter 17:

  • Updated research on depression, Alzheimer’s disease, and dementia

Chapter 18:

  • Updated research on instructional design considerations in the development of job-training programs for older workers

Chapter 19:

  • New information on complicated grief
  • Updated research on online communities and media that may encourage teens and young adults to end their own lives

Features & benefits

  • Provides the most Support for Student Learning and Success No Easy Answers essays introduce students to the idea that there are many questions for which developmental psychologists cannot provide definitive answers. These discussions will help readers become more sensitive to the complexity of human development. Developmental Science essays explore practical applications of developmental theory and research. Each essay opens with a brief real-life vignette and concludes with “Reflection” questions.
  • Explores Research Research Report essays provide detailed accounts of specific research studies while Critical Analysis questions appear at the end of the feature to help students assess the research and make connections between the research study and their daily lives.
  • Applies to the Real World Developmental Science essays explore practical applications of developmental theory and research.Developmental Science essays include Developmental Science in the HomeDevelopmental Science at School, and Developmental Science in the Clinic. These essays explore practical applications of developmental theory and research, opening with a brief real-life vignette and concludes with “Reflection” questions.
  • Supports Student Self-Assessment Learning Objectives at the beginning of each chapter, called out in the margin next to their corresponding sections, and repeated in the chapter summary, facilitate student review. Test Yourself Before Going on at the end of each section contain brief quizzes with multiple choice, true/false, fill-in-the-blank, and critical thinking questions. A 25-question multiple-choice Chapter Test at the end of each chapter allow readers to assess their knowledge.

Author biography

Denise Boyd received her Ed.D. in educational psychology from the University of Houston and has been a psychology instructor in the Houston Community College System since 1988. From 1995 until 1998, she chaired the psychology, sociology, and anthropology department at Houston Community College–Central. She has coauthored four other Allyn and Bacon texts: with Helen Bee, The Developing Child (Twelfth Edition), and The Growing Child (First Edition); and with Genevieve Stevens, Current Readings in Lifespan Development. A licensed psychologist, she has presented a number of papers at professional meetings, reporting research in child, adolescent, and adult development. She has also presented workshops for teachers whose students range from preschool to college.