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Psychology and the Challenges of Life: Adjustment and Growth, 12th Edition

Psychology and the Challenges of Life: Adjustment and Growth, 12th Edition

Jeffrey S. Nevid, Spencer A. Rathus

ISBN: 978-1-118-37036-0

Nov 2012

624 pages


In the 12th edition of Psychology and the Challenges of Life: Adjustment and Growth, authors Jeffrey Nevid and Spencer Rathus continue to reflect on the many ways in which psychology relates to the lives we live and the important roles that psychology can play in helping us adjust to the many challenges we face in our daily lives. Throughout this text, the authors explore applications of  psychological concepts and principles in meeting life challenges such as managing our time, developing our self-identity, building  and maintaining friendships and intimate relationships, adopting  healthier behaviors and lifestyles, coping with stress, and dealing with emotional problems and psychological disorders. The text increases student's understanding by breaking down lengthy chapters into individualized study units designed to fit the busy lifestyles of today’s students.

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Chapter 1: Psychology and the Challenges of Life

Chapter 2: Personality

Chapter 3: Stress: What Is It and How to Manage It?

Chapter 4: Psychological Factors and Health

Chapter 5: Developing Healthier Behaviors

Chapter 6: The Self in a Social World

Chapter 7: Social Influence: Being Influenced By - And Influencing - Others

Chapter 8: Psychological Disorders

Chapter 9: Therapies: Ways of Helping

Chapter 10: Interpersonal Attraction: Of Friendship and Love

Chapter 11: Relationships and Communication: Getting from Here to There

Chapter 12: Gender and Sexuality

Chapter 13: Adolescent and Adult Development: Going Through Changes

Chapter 14: The Challenges of the Workplace

  • A new feature called My Life, My Psych consolidates content relating to personal applications of psychology in daily life. Material previously labeled Psychology in Daily Life is now incorporated in the feature, along with self-scorng questionnaires that help students examine their attitudes and behavior in light of the concepts discussed in the text.
  • This edition consolidates two previous chapters (Chapter 10 and 13) on gender and sexuality into one (Chapter 12).
  • There is an expanded focus on the challenges raised by new technology in how students communicate and interact with each other. This is done by drawing upon psychological research on the psychological aspects of social media.
  • Applies psychological principles to aid readers in meeting the challenges they face in their daily lives, to solve problems, and to reach their individual potentials.
  • Communicates the scientific nature of psychology through coverage of research methods, and the review of classic and current studies in the field.
  • Integrated coverage of human diversity throughout the text.
  • Psychology in Daily Life modules help students see how psychological knowledge discussed in the chapter applies to problems and issues of modern life.