Short chapter-opening cases followed by basic facts, key developments related to the chapter's theme, and related theoretical approaches help students understand key content. Insightful coverage on how the various approaches work together shows students how theories can be applied in a range of contexts. Discussion of empirical studies outside the Western cultural tradition and across a wide range of countries contributes to students’ understanding of cross-cultural influences. A separate chapter on gender discusses traditional and evolving views of sex, gender, and sexual orientation. An entire chapter on the clinical domain covers mental health, personality disorders, treatments, and applications relevant to students. Check and Apply Your Knowledge boxes include critical thinking questions that ask students to apply relevant theories to their everyday experiences. Self-reflection boxes ask students to think critically about their own lives, activities, accomplishments, and setbacks–all in the context of chapter content. Chapter-ending Visual Reviews help students understand each chapter’s key concepts.

The Developmental Domain

Chapter 10 the developmental domain

Professor to students: Try, discover, conquer! Before it’s too late… Remember a great line from Billy Joel, “Vienna waits for you”?

Student A: Who is Billy Joel?
Student B: Who is Vienna?

Learning Objectives

After reading this chapter, you should be able to:

  • Discuss the major milestones in human development and socialization and the influences of nature and nurture
  • Explain how biological foundations, cultural influences, and social and political factors affect personality
  • Identify ways to apply knowledge about personality psychology in the developmental domain

How different are we from our parents’ generation? Do we really share comparable traits with most our peers of the same age, or do these similarities only appear to be true?

A few decades ago, journalists and then social scientists began ...

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