Invitation to the Life Span
Fourth Edition   ©2019

Invitation to the Life Span

Kathleen Stassen Berger (Bronx Community College, CUNY)

  • ISBN-10: 1-319-14064-5; ISBN-13: 978-1-319-14064-9; Format: Paper Text, 752 pages

Hundreds of New Research Citations

  • As always, Kathleen Berger offers a thoroughly contemporary view of lifespan development, and where it’s heading. Coverage includes new discussions of:
  • Environmental hazards and teratogens such as lead and Zika virus
  • Childhood obesity and nutritional deficiencies
  • Body dissatisfaction among teenagers
  • e-Cigarette use among teens and emerging adults
  • Immunizations and the impact of unvaccinated children on public health
  • Impact of screen time on development of very young children and infants
  • Technology in adolescence, including new discussions on sexting, cyberbullying, and other forms of online harassment
  • The experience of immigration during childhood
  • Updated data, theories, and DSM 5 criteria on common psychological disorders of childhood and adolescence including autism spectrum disorder, ADHD, and specific learning disorders
  • U.S. secondary education and graduation rates
  • Sexual orientation and gender identity
  • Changing attitudes and behaviors regarding cohabitation and premarital sex
  • Religious affiliation and participation in emerging adulthood
  • International trends in college attendance and career selection
  • Friendship in emerging adulthood and beyond
  • Variations in sexuality and reproduction during adulthood
  • The opioid epidemic in the United States
  • Correlation between income and health
  • Employment among adults in middle and late adulthood
  • Demographic shift in various nations
  • Neurocognitive disorders, including CTE, Alzheimer’s, and major NCD (dementia)
  • Relationship dynamics between grandparents and their adult children
  • Choices in dying and the importance of a “good death”

Integrated Assessment Throughout the Book
The new edition provides updated What Will You Know? questions for each chapter and What Have You Learned? questions after every chapter section. These assessments are designed to make it clear to students exactly what their learning objectives are and what they need to learn to meet their career goals.

Inside the Brain
Available in several of the book’s chapters, this new feature takes students to the frontiers of contemporary neuroscience research, such exploring topics as the intricacies of prenatal and infant brain development, brain specialization and speech development, brain maturation and emotional development, and neuronal growth during adulthood.