The Life Span: Human Development for Helping Professionals, 6th edition

Published by Pearson (May 4, 2024) © 2025

  • Patricia C. Broderick Penn State University
  • Pamela Blewitt Villanova University


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Human development information for helping professionals

The Life Span presents an in-depth look at the science of human development that can be translated into professional best practices for individuals working in fields such as education, counseling and social work. The text reflects the contemporary view that life span development is a process deeply embedded within and inseparable from the context of family, social network and culture.

Hallmark features of this title

  • Application sections blend information about treatments with the issues covered in each chapter, discussing how developmental science can inform practice.
  • Focus on Developmental Psychopathology features trace the roots of various disorders and explain linkages between normal and abnormal pathways of development.
  • Boxed features explore key topics in depth. Examples include biographies of influential theorists or detailed examinations of critical issues.
  • Vignettes, case studies and case study discussion questions guide students to think about the clinical implications of the facts and theories presented.
  • Journal questions help students reflect on the issues they have read about and encourage them to consider the relevance of those issues in their own development.

Features of Pearson+ eTextbook for the 6th Edition

  • Video Examples: About 4 or 5 times per chapter, an embedded video provides an illustration of a child development principle or concept in action.
  • Self-Checks: In each chapter, self-check quizzes help assess how well learners have mastered the content.
    • The self-checks are made up of self-grading multiple-choice items that not only provide feedback on whether questions are answered correctly or incorrectly, but also provide rationales for both correct and incorrect answers.
  • Application Exercises: These give learners opportunities to practice applying the content and strategies from the chapters.
    • The questions in these exercises are usually constructed-response. Once learners provide their own answers to the questions, they receive feedback in the form of model answers written by experts.

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