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Encyclopedia of Human Development

Encyclopedia of Human Development

Three Volume Set
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October 2005 | 1 616 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
SAGE Reference is proud to announce the Encyclopedia of Human Development, Three-Volume Set.

Whether charting the emotional attachment of an infant to his or her parents and its long-term effects on well-being, media violence and adolescents' behaviour, or factors moderating the natural decline in physical and mental abilities associated with aging, the cross-disciplinary field of human development is one that captures interest among and holds practical relevance for the general public as well as academia.

The Encyclopedia of Human Development presents state-of-the-art research and ready-to-use facts from the fields of psychology, individual and family studies and education. From A to Z, 600 entries cover topics as diverse as adolescence, cognitive development, education, family, gender differences, identity, longitudinal research, personality development, prenatal development, temperament and more.

Key features and benefits include:

- cross-disciplinary coverage, with contributions from and applications to the fields of psychology, education, human development and family studies and gerontology;

- highlighting classic studies and theories and will provide brief biographies of notable researchers and theorists;

- an introduction explaining the scope, rationale and audience for this Encyclopedia;

- entries, organized A to Z, followed by a brief list of further readings and cross-references to other entries.

Whilst entries are organized in the classical A to Z format, an alternative table of contents, a `reader's guide' is organized around themes or specific topic areas that allows readers interested in specific topics to find relevant encyclopedia entries more easily.

Several `anchor essays' cover specific phases of the lifespan, for example: prenatal; infancy; childhood; adolescence; early and middle adulthood; later adulthood; and aging.

A general bibliography builds from the further reading sections of the individual entries.

Key Themes include:



Aging and Older Development


Birth and Infancy

Cognitive Development

Death and Dying

Early Childhood Development and Education


Emotional Development

Families and Family Development

Genetics/Genetic Testing

Health & Well Being

Intelligence, Ability and Aptitude

Language and Communications

Laws and Policies

Learning and Memory

Mental Disorders

Middle Adulthood


Moral Development

Older Adulthood and Old Age



Physical and Biological Development

Professional Organizations

Race and Ethnicity


Sexuality and Sex

Social Development and Social Behavior

Social Learning Theory

Special Groups

Statistics, Research Methods, and Measurement

Substance Abuse

Theories and Ideas About Development

This fine reference work on a topic of general interest presents 650 well-researched, well-written entries that expand and supplement information found in related works across disciplines. It offers explanations, definitions, brief biographies, and connections among then in a highly readable text.


"The creation of a complete and thorough review of the cross-disciplinary topic of human development is ambitious; the editor and advisory board, as well as the distinguished list of more than 650 contributors, are to be credited with realizing this goal. A wide and general audience will find much to praise in this work, beginning with the entries themselves. This set is recommended for academic and large public libraries where students and general adult readers will find it to be an excellent 'starting point'."

Sarah Watstein
Reference Books Bulletin

"College-level collections on human development must have this 3-volume set Encyclopedia of Human Development, which brings together social, psychological and physical sciences and provides an analysis of the changing world of the human condition associated with aging. The set will be a useful reference for any student of psychology or social development."

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