Critical Issues in Lifespan Development is written with those seeking careers in the helping professions (psychology, education, social work, nursing) in mind. This book is written by professors who span the spectrum of the helping professions. A section called "Focus on Helping Professions" appears in every chapter to help readers relate material to their chosen career. Research applications appear at the end of each chapter to help integrate conceptual information with examples of principles in action. Each chapter begins with a set of learning objectives and ends with a set of critical issue/application questions, both geared toward facilitating connections between the theoretical and the practical. For anyone in areas of psychology, nursing, education and social work interested in development across the lifespan.