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Development through Adulthood (2nd Edition)

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Now updated for its second edition, this illuminating textbook explores the developmental stages and changes during adulthood that define some of the most pivotal years of our lives. Relationships, cognitive ageing,...

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Now updated for its second edition, this illuminating textbook explores the developmental stages and changes during adulthood that define some of the most pivotal years of our lives. Relationships, cognitive ageing, parenthood, personality shifts, life crises, fulfilment, funerals, friendships, retirement, and death – all are presented in light of psychological theory and the latest research.

Taking a thematic approach, the chapters cover interdependent areas of our cognitive, psychological, social, cultural and moral lives that constitute this fascinating area in psychology. Providing an empirical analysis, Robinson considers models for understanding behaviour and development, methods of collecting data and study design.

Academically rigorous and elegantly written, Development through Adulthood is the perfect guide to classic and current research in the field. It is essential reading for students studying adult or lifespan development, gerontology and the psychology of ageing. It will also appeal to those studying an applied social science, and anyone interested in fully understanding adulthood and ageing. 

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  • Takes a thematic approach to the study of adult development
  • Coverage of both qualitative and quantitative research
  • Individual voices boxes bring theories to life by providing insight into real-life experiences
  • Cross-cultural and alternative perspectives provide an important counterbalance to Western research
  • End of chapter questions and resources aid further reflection, study and analysis
  • Adopts research from a diverse set of fields besides psychology, ensuring a balanced and objective tone


  • Spotlights on landmark studies, fully updated to cover the latest key research in each subject area
  • Increased focus on gender issues
  • Real-world applications boxes updated with current and relevant examples of important intervention strategies

1. Adult Development: Concepts, History, Paradigms
2. Research methods in adult development
3. Cognitive development
4. Emotional development
5. Motivational development
6. Psychosocial life stages, transitions and crises
7. Personality and ego development
8. Moral development
9. Wisdom
10. Spirituality and religiosity
11. Mental disorder, age and adult life events
12. Social developments in adulthood
13. Career development and retirement
14. Dying and bereavement.

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Oliver Robinson is Programme Leader and Senior Lecturer for Psychology in the Department of Psychology and Counselling at the University of Greenwich, UK. His research focuses on how life transitions, crises and relationships are involved in shaping personality, values and identity, and his work has attracted media interest from The Times, the BBC, the New Scientist and The Guardian.

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Oliver Robinson is Programme Leader and Senior Lecturer for Psychology in the Department of Psychology and Counselling at the University of Greenwich, UK. His research focuses on how life transitions, crises and relationships are involved in shaping personality, values and identity, and his work has attracted media interest from The Times, the BBC, the New Scientist and The Guardian.

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