Research assistance for lifespan development textbook
I am under contract to complete a thorough-going revision of a brief (currently 252 pages total) 2001 Lifespan Development textbook, and the deadline is less than a year away.  The publisher has sweetened the deal by giving me $1500 for some research assistance especially over the summer to do some literature searches and (very very brief!) annotated bibliographies.  I'm hoping there's one or more PhD students in one or more areas of developmental psychology who can help me identify current literature to include.  Underemployed PhDs are also very welcome! 

The content below is very rough, and includes notes I took in consultation with other lifespan scholars.  I've left out chapters 1 (which I've already written) and 2 (on methods, which I'm about ready to write), but if you are passionate about methods, Iet me know. 

I've made everything "Paragraph"-type questions so that you can explain whatever seems like it would be helpful to explain.  Thanks! 

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Here is a brief outline of Chapter 3.  "We see the person through time in cross-sections and in lifelines."

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    - Age stages: the weft of development [introduce cultural boundedness]

    * An overview of age stages

    - Lifelines: the warp of development

    - Critical periods vs. continued plasticity [yes: connects to continuity and change, Baltes continued plasticity]

    * Consistency and the lifecourse [yes]

    - Cumulative risk and cumulative gain [yes — huge topic with Adverse Childhood Experiences; will be looking at a lot of dementia cases due to multiple head injuries]

    - Orchids and dandelions [resilience literature — all ages]

    - Genetics and epigenetics

    - Multi-dimensionality [Baltes]

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Here is a brief outline of Chapter 4. "Stage theories highlight age differences"    80
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    - Freud’s stages of psychosexual development [yeah, deal with it]

    * Piaget’s stages of cognitive development [formal thinking is not automatic -> takes work]

    * Moral reasoning [Wisdom: problems defining, so ___]

    * Erik Erikson: the sequential resolution of psychosocial crises

    - Non-sequential stages, eg. James Marcia on identity statuses?

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Here is a brief outline of Chapter 5. "People carry out developmental tasks within culture"     109 [rewrite this chapter with cultural focus] [CALD populations = “culturally and linguistically diverse” not the same as non-white]
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    - Cultural frameworks

    - WEIRD (Western Educated Industrialized Rich Democratic) developmental tasks

    - East Asian developmental tasks

    - Selected other developmental tasks

    - How pervasive is culture?

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Here is a brief outline of Chapter 6. "People pursue life through goal directed action: 135 [Susan Krauss Whitbourne: everyone needs to believe they are loving kind and good.  Motivation and emotion have gotten sidelined in psychology.  Universal human needs.  and goals to meet them.  Tons of stuff on this.  Kitwood in dementia = same as everyone’s needs, Look at all as relational.  Baumeister on belongingness.  Can skip Maslow — self!!]

    - Attributions of praise and blame

    - Glen Elder [yes]

    - Paul Baltes [yes]

    - Laura Carstenson [yes]

    - Richard Settersten Linking the two ends of life

    - Tom Kohl historian Journey of Life

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This is a brief outline of Chapter 7. "People develop through life events and responses [incl. narrative]"    162
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    * A continuity theory of the life course [Atchley]

    * Life events [talk with soc and anthro friends.  How societies create signif marker events inc. driving/license, widowhood; ontime and offtime]

    - Responses [include Baltes, Carstenson, Dweck] [yes]

    * The life course as narrative [yes]

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Here is a brief outline of Chapter 8. "Communities can do prevention and Intervention (Plasticity in Practice)" 187  [reframe this chapter to include prevention environment and community] [add Lerner,  Valsiner, add place and dynamic systems research] [term “intervention” suggests biomedical model,  “dosing” questions; consider finding a new word.]

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    - Disease vs. developmental approaches to life events

    - Attributions of responsibility

    - Who can do what that helps?

    - The technical parameters of life-span development interventions [?]

    - Development of life skills

    - Finale

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Here are some additional topics:

- Appendix.  Lifespan Perspectives on Dying.

  

[Also: Dacher Keltner, Jonathan Haidt, Labouvie-Vief,  Jim Birren (Gen’l Psych)]


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