Invitation to the Life Span

Invitation to the Life Span

Kathleen Stassen Berger

Language: English

Pages: 600

ISBN: 1429283521

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

Edition after edition, Kathleen Stassen Berger’s bestselling textbooks connect all kinds of students to current state of developmental psychology, in an engaging, accessible, culturally inclusive way. Berger’s Invitation to the Life Span does this in just 15 concise chapters, in a presentation that meets the challenges of exploring the breadth of the life span in a single term. 

The new edition of Invitation to the Life Span incorporates a wide range of new research, especially in fast-moving areas such as brain development and psychopathology, while taking advantage of innovative new tools for media-centered teaching and learning. But throughout, as always, the signature voice of Kathleen Berger ties it all together, with relatable explanations of scientific content, wide ranging cultural examples, and skill-building tools for sharper observation and critical thinking.





















problems solely because their mothers are working outside the home. On balance, it seems that most children are likely to benefit from their mothers’ employment (Goldberg et al., 2008), perhaps because mothers who work outside the home have higher income and self-esteem, which affects the quality of their mothering. Many employed mothers make infant care their top priority and devote more nonwork hours to it than to housework, self-care, and entertainment. A time-use study found that mothers who

Walks well Runs (also falls) Tries to climb on furniture Speaks 50–100 words; most are nouns Responds to requests Likes to drop things, throw things, take things apart Recognizes self in mirror 24 months Runs well Climbs up (down is harder) Uses simple tools (spoon, large marker) Combines words (usually noun–verb, sometimes noun–verb–noun) Can use fingers to unscrew tops, open doors Interested in new experiences and new children After Jacob was diagnosed with pervasive developmental disorder,

(Calhoun & Warren, 2007). Alcohol is definitely the cause of FAS, but some infants born to drinking mothers seem unharmed. One reason they are protected is genetic, as is indicated when dizygotic twins are affected differently before birth by their mother’s drinking. Because it is impossible to predict which fetuses will and will not be affected, almost all obstetricians in the United States (fewer in Europe) advise women who are, or may become, pregnant to abstain from alcohol completely. Since

grabbing with the hands (Adolph & Berger, 2005). However, hand skills are most praised. (Skill at spitting, chewing, or flexing the toes is rarely noted or valued.) Regarding finger skills, newborns have a strong reflexive grasp but lack control. During their first 2 months, babies excitedly wave their arms at objects dangling in front of them. By 3 months of age, they can usually touch something within reach, but limited eye–hand coordination prevents them from grabbing, holding on, and letting

adults, which is one reason parents, and even adept strangers, encourage it. Among the Navajo, whoever brings forth that first laugh gives a feast to celebrate that the baby is becoming a person (Rogoff, 2003). Laughter builds as curiosity does; a typical 6-month-old laughs loudly upon discovering new things, particularly social experiences that have the right balance between familiarity and surprise, such as Daddy making a funny face. ANGER AND SADNESS Infants express anger, usually triggered by

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