The text that you've known for accuracy, quality, and scholarship has been reborn into a new student-focused edition, featuring new pedagogy, a dynamic new design, and new student-oriented features. The Fifth Edition of David Shaffer's popular text presents the facts, theories, and processes of developmental psychology in a clear, easy-to-read style that ensures student interest and understanding. Long known for the way he conveys his love of the discipline, Shaffer continues to stress the fundamental interplay among biological, cognitive, social, and cultural influences of each aspect of development so students don't lose sight of the whole person and the holistic character of human development. Students learn new topics as they are introduced, and then are shown how everything they've learned fits together into a coherent storyline of developmental psychology. Throughout the book, Shaffer clearly describes the major points of the major theories, compares them to other theories, shows their strengths and weaknesses, and admits when conflicts have not been resolved.