1st Edition

Development During a Global Era


  • Dena Swanson
  • Malik Edwards
  • Margaret Beale Spencer
  • Description

    This edited textbook will be appropriate for use in advanced undergraduate and graduate level courses and will serve as a comprehensive and timely introduction to the field of adolescent development, providing students with a strong foundation for understanding the biological, cognitive and psychosocial transitions occurring during adolescence. While certain normative biological and cognitive processes are relevant for all youth, development varies dramatically based on a youth's position in society. The volume will focus on contextual factors such as culture, racial identity, socioeconomic position and sociopolitical and historical events, highlighting the impact such factors have on the physiological and psychological processes and treating them as key elements in understanding development during this life stage. The authors will cover the major theoretical positions (both historical and contemporary) about adolescence as well as the relevant research and application. Additionally, modern phenomena - the ever-increasing influence of pop culture (i.e. Hip Hop), mass media and technology (i.e., the internet, gaming) and the evolution of family, education and the church - will be explored in depth. Each chapter will be written by a known expert in the field.

    Key Features

    * More extensive analysis of cultural, political and socioeconomic factors impacting development than competing texts
    * Research-to-Practice section covers evidence-based research on practice implementation
    *The only advanced text with ancillary support and pedagogy--instructor website with test bank and image collection, plus summary box and study questions in each chapter


    Primary Advanced undergraduate and graduate level students in Developmental Psychology, Education Psychology or Health & Human Development programs taking an Adolescent Development or Adolescent Psychology class. Secondary Students in Social Psychology and Clinical Psychology programs taking Adolescent Development or Adolescent Psychology to fulfill breadth requirements. Practitioners dealing with public health, social services and counseling.


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    About the authors

    Dena Swanson

    Affiliations and Expertise

    Warner School of Education and Human Development, University of Rochester, Rochester NY, USA

    Malik Edwards

    Affiliations and Expertise

    Charlotte School of Law, Charlotte NC, USA

    Margaret Beale Spencer

    Affiliations and Expertise

    Urban Education, Comparative Human Development Dept. & Committee on Education, University of Chicago, Chicago IL, USA