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Developmental psychology authors Jeffrey Jensen Arnett and Lene Arnett Jensen discuss the cultural approach to development in their series of titles and the engaging aspects of Revel that capture students' attention.

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A group of diverse humans positioned on a series of stair-stepped platforms according to their ages.

MyVirtualChild and MyVirtualLife prompt students to apply developmental principles as they raise a virtual child or live a virtual life. These authentic simulations show how developmental concepts play out over the course of a person’s lifetime, from childhood through adolescence and adulthood.

Realistic scenarios with a range of responses to choose from form the backbone of the MyVirtuals products. Just like in the real world, students’ parenting decisions and life choices combine with environmental and genetic factors — determined by quizzes students take at the start of the program as well as assigned at random — to shape the development of the virtual character. And because it is driven by a unique set of choices made by the student, each MyVirtuals learning experience is customized to be personally relevant and deeply resonant.


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"[The text is] credible and digestible for students. The stories included in each chapter have been very helpful for students to apply the concepts. I use application questions in our quizzes to test their knowledge, and the stories are a great tool."

—Meghan Yerhot, M.S. on Adolescence & Emerging Adulthood

“I felt [the text] does the best job providing current and cross cultural research in a way that is easy to digest. It also offers a lot of additional resources for students through the Revel platform.”

—Psychology Instructor, currently using Adolescence & Emerging Adulthood, Colorado State University

Author Webinars

Teaching Students to Think Culturally About Developmental Psychology

Lene Arnett Jensen, Senior Research Scientist, Clark University
Jeffrey Jensen Arnett, Senior Research Scholar, Clark University

Human cultures are marvelously diverse, and human development from infancy through late adulthood varies vastly according to cultural context. Thus far in psychology’s history, the focus of most research and theory on development psychology has been on a relatively narrow band of human cultural experience: Western, especially American. However, in recent decades, developmental psychology has expanded to include a greater proportion of the world’s people. Also, the United States and other Western countries have become more culturally diverse, due to migration and immigration, sparking increased interest in the relations between psychological development and cultural context. The focus of this presentation will be on ways to encourage students to think culturally about development, within and across countries. The presentation is intended to be relevant to both novice and experienced teachers who wish to learn more about how to teach effectively about the cultural contexts of development.

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COVID-19 and Mental Health in Adolescence and Emerging Adulthood: An Enduring Crisis

Jeffrey Jensen Arnett, Senior Research Scholar, Clark University

The COVID-19 pandemic has been devastating to people around the world. Although all age groups have felt the mental health impact of the pandemic, emerging adults ages 18 to 29 were the most vulnerable of all. Although in many ways life has now returned to normal, the mental health impact of the pandemic continues at a shockingly high level. All age groups are affected, but emerging adults have been and continue to be the most affected of any age group. I will also discuss the pandemic’s mental health impact on adolescents, which is more complicated.

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