Life Span, The: Pearson New International Edition

Patricia C. Broderick / Pamela Blewitt  
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July 2013
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The first developmental textbook written specifically for helping professionals and graduate-level students, The Life Span: Human Development for Helping Professionals, Third Edition, provides an in-depth look at the science of human development and how it applies to the fields of counseling, social work and psychology. Using counseling applications, case studies, special topics boxes, and journal questions, the text introduces developmental theories and research within the context of clinical practice.


Written with a primary focus on linking theory and research to counseling applications, the new third edition features expanded coverage of psycholopathology in developmental context as well as added material on the latest development-related neuroscientific findings. The revised edition also provides an open access text-specific companion website that offers a full range of multimedia instructor supplements.


This text may be packaged with MyEducationLab, an online program that provides assignable study plan quizzes, video labs, and activities and applications. To order this text packged with MyEducationLab use either of these ISBNs:

ISBN 10: 0137039832

ISBN 13: 9780137039838


  • The depth of coverage bypasses that of other life span texts though expanded coverage of research and through clearly linking theory to real world applications.
  • The integration of culture and gender discussions throughout the text helps to introduce students to the most recent findings involving cross-cultural and cross-gender differences.
  • Extensive counseling applications sections appear in every chapter and link counseling practices directly to developmental theories. These sections, which cover topics such as incorporating touch therapy with low birth-weight infants and promoting social competence of peer rejected children, show how the latest information on developmental science can impact and inform counseling techniques and treatment plans.
  • A unique chapter focused on living well in adulthood incorporates important developments from research that are not often included in standard developmental texts and that are especially important for helping professionals. The chapter includes discussions of wellbeing, faith development, positive psychology, emotion regulation, and stress and coping.
  • Special topic features appear in shaded boxes throughout the narrative. These in-depth features spotlight biographies of key theorists, highlight contemporary concerns, and examine issues such as the counseling needs of boys, leadership development in women and men, and the criminal culpability of juveniles.
  • Journal questions end each chapter, providing a vehicle for students to examine how chapter theories and issues relate to their own lives and emphasizing the role of clinicians as reflective practitioners.
  • A text-specific companion Web site, which is available free to both instructors and students, moves learning beyond the traditional classroom. The open access website, located at, contains learning objectives, chapter outlines, multiple choice questions, essay questions, Web links, and a discussion board.
  • A glossary of terms, which appears at the end of the text, provides students with a quick reference of key terms and definitions.

This text may be packaged with MyEducationLab, an online program that provides assignable study plan quizzes, video labs, and activities and applications. To order this text packged with MyEducationLab use either of these ISBNs:

ISBN 10: 0137039832

ISBN 13: 9780137039838

New to this Edition

  • NEW! Expanded coverage of developmental psychopathology. Special boxes called “Focus on Developmental Psychopathology” accompany specific chapters and use new research to help readers understand how deviant developmental pathways emerge. Here, issues of etiology, symptoms, and prevention supplement chapter information about normal development at various stages in life. Topics covered in this feature include pervasive developmental disorders, mood disorders, conduct disorders, and anxiety disorders.
  • NEW! Revised Case Studies and Discussion questions. Updated case studies and discussion questions present realistic scenarios related to chapter topics and allow students to practice resolving issues that arise for different populations in a variety of situations and help students think critically about the clinical implications of developmental facts and theories.
  • NEW!  Expanded emphasis on neuro-scientific findings related to development.  This up-to-date material incorporatesadvances in research on brain development and physiological processes that affect development.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1  Organizing Themes in Development


Chapter 2   Heredity, Environment, and the Beginnings of Human Life


Chapter 3   Neural and Cognitive Development in the Early Years


Chapter 4   The Emerging Self and Socialization in the Early Years


Chapter 5   Emotional Development in the Early Years


Chapter 6   Realms of Cognition in Middle Childhood


Chapter 7   Self and Moral Development: Middle Childhood Through Early Adolescence


Chapter 8  Gender and Peer Relationships: Middle Childhood Through Early Adolescence


Chapter 9  Physical, Cognitive, and Identity Development in Adolescence


Chapter 10 The Social World of Adolescence


Chapter 11  Physical and Cognitive Development in Young Adulthood


Chapter 12 Socioemotional and Vocational Development in Young Adulthood


Chapter 13 Middle Adulthood: Cognitive, Personality, and Social Development


Chapter 14  Living Well: Stress, Coping, and Life Satisfaction in Adulthood


Chapter 15 Gains and Losses in Late Adulthood