Life Span Development: A Topical Approach

Robert S. Feldman  
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July 2013
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Current Research and Real World Application.

Updated in its second edition, Life Span Development: A Topical Approach maintains the student friendliness that has been the hallmark of Feldman’s development texts. Rich in examples, it illustrates the applications that can be derived from the research and theory of lifespan developmentalists. The text takes a modular approach providing both readers and instructors with maximum flexibility.

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Teaching & Learning Experience

  • Personalize LearningMyPsychLab is an online homework, tutorial, and assessment program. It helps students prepare for class and instructor gauge individual and class performance.
  • Improve Critical Thinking — “Review and Apply” sections consist of short recaps of the chapters’ main points, followed by questions designed to provoke critical thinking.
  • Engage Students — At the beginning of each chapter are Chapter Opening Prologues, a short vignette, describing an individual or situation that is relevant to the basic developmental issues being addressed in the chapter.
  • Explore Research “From Research to Practice” boxes describe current developmental research or research issues applied to everyday problems.
  • Support Instructors — All supplements were developed around the textbook’s carefully constructed learning objectives.



  • “From the Perspective Of” boxes — Show how the chapter material applies to a variety of professions, including education, nursing, social work, and healthcare providers
  • Developmental Diversity boxes — Highlight issues that are relevant in today’s multicultural society. Located within the main narrative of the text, these sections focus on lifespan development theories that speak to the differences between–and similarities among–various groups of people.
  • Learning Objectives — Each major chapter section includes explicit learning objectives. These numbered learning objectives provide a means for instructors to evaluate student mastery of specific content.
  • Career Marginal References -- Students will encounter frequent questions throughout the text designed to show the applicability of the material to a variety of professions, including education, nursing, social work, and healthcare providers.


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  • Personalized Study Plan – Students’ personalized plans promote better critical thinking skills. The study plan organizes students’ study needs into sections, such as Remembering, Understanding, Applying, and Analyzing.
  • MyDevelopmentLab Video Series - The MyDevelopmentLab Video Series engages students and brings to life a wide range of topics spanning prenatal through the end of the lifespan. New international videos shot on location allow students to observe similarities and differences in human development across various cultures.


  • Review and Apply sections — Consist of short recaps of the chapters’ main points, followed by questions designed to provok

New to this Edition

Chapter-by-Chapter Changes

Chapter 1:

  • Updates on the first person conceived in vitro
  • New examples of policy issues informed by lifespan developmental research
  • Debunking relationship between vaccination and autism
  • Research on same-sex parenting efficacy
  • Emerging adulthood

Chapter 2:

  • Transgenerational epigenetic inheritance
  • Placental role in brain development
  • In vitro fertilization success and live birth rates
  • Psychological consequences of a miscarriage
  • Statistics on international abortion incidence
  • Incidence of hunger worldwide
  • Miscarriage and postpartum depression

Chapter 3:

  • Shaken baby syndrome
  • Risk-taking during adolescence
  • Face perception in infancy

Chapter 4:

  • Obesity during infancy
  • Obesity during adulthood across the world
  • Rate of SIDS
  • Illegal drug use during adolescence
  • Binge drinking
  • Sexually transmitted infections
  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • Benefits of breastfeeding
  • Children’s food consumption

Chapter 5:

  • Educational baby media

Chapter 6:

  • Infantile amnesia
  • Teaching children to read
  • Brain development and reading

Chapter 7:

  • Referential and expressive styles of language
  • Bilingualism

Chapter 8:

  • Aging and brain functioning
  • Intellectual stimulation and cognition
  • Multitasking
  • Intellectual disability

Chapter 9:

  • Autism rate
  • Categories of temperament
  • Life satisfaction across the lifespan

Chapter 10:

  • Theory of mind
  • Infants’ knowledge of race
  • Bicultural identity
  • Immigrants and obesity
  • Avoiding job burnout

Chapter 11:

  • Genetic approaches to morality
  • Religion in childhood and adolescence
  • Violent video games
  • Physical punishment
  • Rate of elder abuse

Chapter 12:

  • Timing of sexual intercourse
  • Victimization of gays and lesbians
  • Society’s attitudes toward homosexuality
  • Teenage pregnancy rates
  • Rate of using contraception
  • Sexuality during adulthood
  • Masturbation in late adulthood
  • Emerging adulthood
  • Cohabitation rates
  • Marital satisfaction
  • Divorce rates

Chapter 13:

  • Race segregation and friendships
  • Formation of friendships
  • Costs of raising children
  • Deciding to have children
  • Preference for smaller families
  • Parenting and working full-time
  • Helicopter parents
  • Rates of boomerang children
  • Great-grandparents
  • Financial preparations for retirement

Chapter 14:

  • Long term effects of child care programs
  • Characteristics of high-quality child care
  • Head Start program
  • Summer learning
  • Gender in the classroom
  • Teenagers and media use
  • Cyberbullying

Chapter 15:

  • Effectiveness of grief counseling
  • Efficacy of expression of negative emotions following grief
  • Criticisms of Kübler-Ross

Table of Contents

Brief Table of Contents


Chapter 1     An Orientation to Lifespan Development

Chapter 2     Genetics, Prenatal Development, and Birth

Chapter 3     Physical Growth and Aging Across the Life Span

Chapter 4     Health and Wellness

Chapter 5     Cognitive Growth: Piaget and Vygotsky

Chapter 6     Cognitive Growth: Information Processing Approaches

Chapter 7     Language Development

Chapter 8     Intelligence

Chapter 9     Social and Emotional Development

Chapter 10   Development of the Self

Chapter 11   Moral Development and Aggression

Chapter 12   Gender and Sexuality

Chapter 13   Schooling, Culture, and Society: Living in a Multicultural World

Chapter 14   Friends and Family

Chapter 15   Death and Dying


Robert S. Feldman is Professor of Psychology and Associate Dean of the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. A recipient of the College Distinguished Teacher Award, he teaches psychology classes ranging in size from 15 to nearly 500 students. During the course of more than two decades as a college instructor, he has taught both undergraduate and graduate courses at Mount Holyoke College, Wesleyan University, Virginia Commonwealth University, in addition to the University of Massachusetts.

Professor Feldman, who initiated the Minority Mentoring Program at the University of Massachusetts, also has served as a Hewlett Teaching Fellow and Senior Online Teaching Fellow. He initiated distance learning courses in psychology at the University of Massachusetts

A Fellow of both the American Psychological Association and the Association for Psychological Science, Professor Feldman received a B.A. with High Honors from Wesleyan University and an M.S. and Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is a winner of a Fulbright Senior Research Scholar and Lecturer award, and he has written more than 100 books, book chapters, and scientific articles. He has edited Development of Nonverbal Behavior in Children (Springer-Verlag), Applications of Nonverbal Behavioral Theory and Research (Erlbaum), and co-edited Fundamentals of Nonverbal Behavior (Cambridge University Press). He is also author of Child Development, Understanding Psychology, and P.O.W.E.R. Learning: Strategies for Success in College and Life. His books have been translated into a number of languages, including Spanish, French, Portuguese, Dutch, Chinese, and Japanese. His research interests include honesty and deception in everyday life and the use of nonverbal behavior in impression management, and his research has been supported by grants from the National Institute of Mental Health and the National Institute on Disabilities and Rehabilitation Research.

Professor Feldman loves music, is an enthusiastic pianist, and enjoys cooking and traveling. He has three children, and he and his wife, a psychologist, live in Amherst, Massachusetts, in a home overlooking the Holyoke mountain range.