© 2003

Handbook of Adult Development

  • Jack Demick
  • Carrie Andreoletti

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxi
  2. Introductory Theory and Method

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Judith Stevens-Long, Greg Michaud
      Pages 3-22
    3. William J. Hoyer, Dayna R. Touron
      Pages 23-41
    4. David Moshman
      Pages 43-61
    5. Seymour Wapner, Jack Demick
      Pages 63-83
    6. John C. Cavanaugh, Susan Krauss Whitbourne
      Pages 85-100
  3. Biocognitive Development in Adulthood

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 101-101
    2. Cynthia A. Berg, Robert J. Sternberg
      Pages 103-119
    3. Margaret G. O’Connor, Edith F. Kaplan
      Pages 121-130
    4. Deirdre A. Kramer
      Pages 131-151
    5. Dorothy J. Shedlock, Steven W. Cornelius
      Pages 153-167
    6. Kurt W. Fischer, Ellen Pruyne
      Pages 169-198
    7. Michael Lamport Commons, Francis A. Richards
      Pages 199-219
    8. Jan D. Sinnott
      Pages 221-238
    9. Laura Tahir, Howard E. Gruber
      Pages 239-255
    10. Jane Allin Bybee, Yvonne V. Wells
      Pages 257-270
    11. Cheryl Armon, Theo Linda Dawson
      Pages 271-300
    12. Dawn E. Schrader
      Pages 301-327

About this book


This volume is an outgrowth ofcontemporary research on development over the adult lifespan, which by now has burgeoned and developed both nationally and internationally. However, for us, the impetus to be involved in this area was spawned and nurtured by our initial association with the Society for Research in Adult Development (SRAD) with its origins some 15 years ago by Michael Commonsand his associates inCambridge, Massachusetts. Throughthegood will and support of this society, we also became, and are still, heavily involved with the Journal of Adult Development and the Kluwer-Plenum Monograph Series on Adult Development and Aging, ofwhich this volume is a companion. Many ofthe contributions in the volume are from SRAD members, who con­ sistently adhere to a focus on positive adult development. Their chapters have been complemented by pieces from other researchers, who have adopted more mainstream approaches to adult development and/oraging. Regardless ofthe par­ ticular approach and/or focus of the chapter, all the work reported herein sup­ ports the relatively recent idea that development is not restricted to children and adolescents but continues throughout the adult lifespan in ways that we never envisionedsome 20 years ago. Thus, the volume represents state-of-the-arttheory, research, and practice on adult development, which has the potential to occupy us all for some time to come.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Jack Demick
    • 1
  • Carrie Andreoletti
    • 2
  1. 1.University of Massachusetts Medical SchoolWorcesterUSA
  2. 2.Brandeis UniversityWalthamUSA

Bibliographic information


This volume provides an overview of the major theories and research in the field. It includes sections on introductory theory and method, biocognitive development in adulthood, and social development in adulthood. This content will be useful for years to come. Professionals, clinicians, researchers, academics and graduate students in the larger field of development psychology will find the book an invaluable resource.