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Textbooks in Adult Development and Aging

Psychological Focus

  • Arnett, J. J. & Jensen, L. A. (2019). Human Development: A Cultural Approach. (3rd Ed.). Pearson.
  • Bee, H & Boyd, D. (2019). Lifespan Development. (8th Ed.). Pearson.
  • Berger, K. S. (2014). The developing person through the lifespan. New York, NY: Worth Publishers.
  • Berk, L. E. (2010). Exploring lifespan development. Boston, MA: Allyn & Bacon.
  • Bjorklund, B. R. & Earles, J. L. (2020). The Journey of Adulthood. (9th Ed.). Pearson.
  • Cavanaugh, J. C. & Blanchard-Fields, F. (2019). Adult Development and Aging. (8th Ed.). Cengage.
  • Feldman, R. S. (2017). Life Span Development: A Topical Approach. (3rd Ed.). Pearson.
  • Ferraro, K. & Wilmoth, J. (2013). Gerontology: Perspectives and Issues. (4th Ed.). Springer.
  • Kuther, T. L. (2019). Lifespan development: Lives in context. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.
  • Levitin, D. J. (2020). Successful Aging: A Neuroscientist Explores the Power and Potential of Our Lives. Penguin Canada. 
  • Moody, H. R. & Sasser, J. R. (2017). Aging: Concepts and Controversies. (9th Ed.). Sage Publications, Inc. 
  • Rathus, S. A. (2020). HDEV: Human lifespan development. Boston, MA: Cengage Learning, Inc.
  • Santrock, J. W. (2017). Life-span development. New York, NY: McGraw Hill Education. 
  • Steinberg, L. D., Bornstein, M. H., Vandell, D. L., & Rook, K. S. (Eds.) (2011). Lifespan development: Infancy through adulthood. Belmont, CA: Wadsworth Cengage Learning.
  • Whitbourne, S. K. & Whitbourne, S.B. (2020). Adult Development and Aging. (7th Ed.). Hoboken NJ: Wiley.

Sociological Focus

  • Brown, J. S., Chahal, J. K., Kunkel, S. R. & Whittington, F. J. (2014). Global Aging: Comparative Perspective on Aging and the Life Course. (1st Ed.). Springer Publishing Company.
  • Erber, J. T. (2019). Aging and Older Adulthood. (4th Ed.). John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
  • Hillier, S. M. & Barrow, G. M. (2015). Aging, the Individual, and Society. (10th Ed.). Cengage.
  • Hooyman, N. A. & Kiyak, H. A. (2017). Social Gerontology: A Multidisciplinary Perspective. (10th Ed.). Pearson. 
  • Maus, M. & Satariano, W. 2018. Aging, Place and Health. Jones and Bartlett Learning. 
  • McPherson, B. D. & Wister, A. V. (2013). Aging as a Social Process: Canadian Perspective. (6th Ed.). Oxford University Press Canada. 
  • Morgan, L. & Kunkel, S. (2016). Aging, Society, and the Life Course. (5th Ed.). Springer Publishing Company.
  • Novak, M. (2018). Issues in aging. (4th Ed.). Routledge.
  • Sugar, J. A. (2020). Introduction to Aging: A Positive, Interdisciplinary Approach. (2nd Ed.). Springer Publishing Company. 
  • Yochim, B. & Woodhead, E. (2017). Psychology of Aging: A Biopsychosocial Perspective. Springer Publishing Company. Springer Publishing Company.
  • Quadagno, J. (2014). Aging and the Life course: An Introduction to Social Gerontology. (6th Ed.). McGraw Hill.

Advanced Texts

  • Dannefer, D. & Phillipson, C. (2013). The SAGE Handbook of Social Gerontology. Sage Publications Ltd.
  • Ferraro, K. & George, L. (2015). Handbook of Aging and the Social Sciences. (8th Ed.). Academic Press.
  • Kaeberlein, M. & Martin, G. (2015). Handbook of the Biology of Aging (8th Ed.). Academic Press.
  • Radvin, L. D., & Katzen, H. L. (2019). Handbook of the Neuropsychology of Aging and Dementia. (2nd Ed.). Springer.
  • Schaie, K. W., & Willis, S. L. (2015). Handbook of the Psychology of Aging. (8th Ed.). London: Academic Press.

Cognitive Aging

  • Agronin, M. E. (2014). Alzheimer’s Disease and Other Dementias. (3rd Ed.). Routledge.
  • Gregory R. Samanez-Larkin. (2019). The Aging Brain: Functional Adaptation Across Adulthood. American Psychological Association.
  • Gutchess, A. (2019). Cognitive and Social Neuroscience of Aging. Cambridge University Press. 
  • Cabeza, R., Nyberg, L., & Park, D. C. (2016). Cognitive Neuroscience of Aging : Linking Cognitive and Cerebral Aging (2nd Ed.). Oxford ; New York: Oxford University Press.
  • Wright, H. H. (2016). Cognition, Language, and Aging. John Benjamins Publishing Company.


  • Kolb, P. (2013). Understanding Aging and Diversity. Routledge. 
  • Mehrotra, C. & Wagner L. S. (2018). Aging and Diversity. (3rd Ed.). Routledge.
  • Angel, R. J., & Angel, J. L. (2015). Latinos in an Aging World: Social, Psychological, and Economic Perspectives. Sussex: Routledge.
  • Profili, S., Sammarra, A., & Innocenti L. (2017) Age Diversity in the Workplace: An Organizational Perspective. Bingley: Emerald Publishing Limited.

Family Gerontology

  • Bedford, V. H. & Blieszner, R. (2012). Handbook of Family and Aging. (2nd Ed.). ABC-CLIO.
  • Drentea, P. (2018). Families and Aging. Rowman & Littlefield Publishers. 
  • Gaugler, J., & Kane, R. L. (2015). Family Caregiving in the new Normal. Academic Press.
  • Jett, K. F. & Touhy, T. A. (2020). Ebersole & Hess' Toward Healthy Aging: Human Needs and Nursing Response. (10th Ed.). Mosby. 
  • Lehu, P. A. & Westheimer, R. K. (2012). Dr Ruth's Guide for the Alzheimer's Caregiver: How to Care for Your Loved One Without Getting Overwhelmed...and without Doing It All Yourself. Linden Publishing.
  • Morris, V. A. (2014). How to Care for Aging Parents : A One-Stop Resource for All Your Medical, Financial, Housing, and Emotional Issues. (3rd Ed.). Workman Publishing Company, Incorporated.  
  • Stahl, L. (2017). Becoming Grandma: The Joys and Science of the New Grandparenting. Penguin Publishing Group. 
  • Witkin, G. (2012). The Modern Grandparent's Handbook : The Ultimate Guide to the New Rules of Grandparenting. Penguin Publishing Group.

Friendship and Social Networks

Ashford, J. B., LeCroy, C. W. (2012). Human Behavior in the Social Environment: A Multidimensional Perspective. United States: Brooks/Cole.

Babbie, E. R. (2016). The Basics of Social Research. (7th Ed.). Cengage. 

Neuman, W. L. (2012). Basics of Social Research: Qualitative and Quantitative Approaches. (3rd Ed.). Pearson. 

O’Hanlon, A., & Coleman, P. (2016). Aging and Development: Social and Emotional Perspectives. Routledge. 

Schooler, C. K., & Schaie, W. (2016). Social Structure and Aging: Psychological Processes. United States: Taylor & Francis Group.

Liu, W. M. (2013). The Oxford Handbook of Social Class in Counseling. United Kingdom: Oxford University Press.


  • Airton, L. (2018). Gender: Your Guide. Adams Media
  • Connell, R. & Pearse, R. (2014). Gender: In World Perspective. (3rd Ed.). Polity Press. 
  • Fausto-Sterling, A. (2012). Sex/Gender: Biology in a Social World. Routledge.
  • Killerman, S. (2017). A Guide to Gender: The Social Justice Advocate’s Handbook. (2nd Ed.). Impetus Books.

Mental Health and Aging

  • Hantke, N., Etkin, A., & O’Hara, R. (2020). Handbook of Mental Health and Aging. (3rd Ed.). Academic Press. 
  • Knight, B. G. & Pachana, N. A. (2015). Psychological Assessment and Therapy with Older Adults. Oxford University Press. 
  • Lavretsky, H., Sajatovic, M., & Reynolds III, C. F. (2016). Complementary and Integrative Therapies for Mental Health and Aging. Oxford University Press. 
  • Maller, D. & Langsam, K. (2017). The Praeger Handbook of Mental Health and the Aging Community. Praeger. 
  • Peluso, P. R., Watts, R. E., & Parsons, M. (2012). Changing Aging, Changing Family Therapy: Practicing with 21st Century Realities. Taylor & Francis. 
  • Reynolds III, C. F. & Miller, M. D. (2012). Depression and Anxiety in Later Life: What Everyone Needs to Know. John Hopkins University Press.

Research Methodology

  • Weil, J. (2017). Research Design in Aging and Social Gerontology: Quantitative, Qualitative, and Mixed Methods. (1st Ed.) Routledge.
  • Bergeman, C. S., & Boker, S. M. (2016). Methodological Issues in Aging Research (2nd ed.). New York: Psychology Press.
  • Riby, L. (2016). Handbook of Gerontology Research Methods: Understanding Successful Aging. Routledge.

Social Psychology

  • Hertzog, C. & Verhaeghen, P. (2016). The Oxford Handbook of Emotion, Social Cognition, and Problem Solving in Adulthood. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Marini, I., Stebnicki, M. A. (2012). The Psychological and Social Impact of Illness and Disability. United States: Springer Publishing Company.
  • Berg, C., Smith, J., Fingerman, K. L., & Antonucci, T. C. (2011). Handbook of Life-Span Development. United States: Springer Publishing Company.
  • Mason, M. G. (2011). Adulthood and Aging. United States: Pearson.

Gerontological Nursing

  • Touhy, T. & Jett, K. (2018). Ebersole and Hess’ Gerontological Nursing and Healthy Aging, (5th ed.). St. Louis, MO: Elsevier Mosby.
  • Meiner, S. E. (2018) Gerontologic Nursing (6th ed.). St. Louis: Mosby Elsevier.
  • Eliopoulos, C. (2017). Gerontological Nursing (9th ed.). Philadelphia: Wolters Kluwer Health | Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.
  • Mauk, K.L. (2017). Gerontological Nursing: Competencies for Care (4th ed.)   Boston: Jones and Bartlett.
  • Bowles, D.J. (2015). Gerontology Nursing Case Studies: 100+ Narratives for Learning (2nd ed.).  New York: Springer.
  • Tabloski, P. A. (2019). Gerontological Nursing (4th ed.). New York: Pearson.
Last updated: February 2021Date created: March 2013