Human development: The adult years and aging

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Originally published in Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 1979, Vol 24(1), 79. Reviews the book, Human development: The adult years and aging by Carroll E. Kennedy (1978). Despite its title, this textbook is developmental only in the sense that it differentiates various age-related stages in adult life. There is little attention to the processes of change or to the extent, causes, and consequences of individual differences. Old age is treated with unusual warmth and sensitivity but without loss of objectivity. The treatment of death is excellent. Part 1 may have limited appeal to students who have had introductory or social psychology. Part 2, however, should have wide interest. It goes well beyond Erickson, incorporating much of the Havighurst-Neugarten data and orientation. It can serve as a mature and sensitive description of the “forgotten majority” who constitute a significant part of the subject matter of human development. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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