This fifth edition continues my commitment to provide a brief introduction to lifespan development-with an exciting difference. Recognizing that most of today’s students have grown in a digital world, I take very seriously the need for communicating content in different ways, online as well as in print.
The 17 brief chapters of Essentials are organized chronologically and cover all periods of the human lifespan, from the prenatal period through late adulthood and death. Providing a broad overview of lifespan development, this text especially gives attention to the theories and concepts that students seem to have difficulty mastering. (Essentials of Life-Span Development 5th Edition; John W. Santrock; McGraw-Hill Education ; Preface: Page 15)