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Developmental Transitions across the Lifespan

Selected works of Leo B. Hendry, 1st Edition

By Leo B Hendry

Psychology Press

240 pages | 27 B/W Illus.

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Leo B. Hendry is one of the foremost developmental psychologists of his generation. His diverse range of interests have included studies on young people’s involvement in competitive sports, investigations into teacher and pupil relations in school, adolescents’ leisure pursuits and their family relations, parenting styles, youth workers and mentoring, youth unemployment, adolescent health behaviours, and transition to early adulthood. His research interests now include work on ageing and retirement.

Developmental Transitions across the Lifespan is the first collection of Hendry’s works, and essentially joins the dots to provide an overarching perspective on lifespan development through a dynamic systems theory approach. Underpinned by empirical research, this collection of journal articles and book chapters is linked by a contemporary commentary which not only contextualises each piece within today’s research climate, but builds to provides an unorthodox, comprehensive but above all compelling perspective on human development from childhood to old age.

Leo B. Hendry’s research output has been significant and influential. This is an important book that will provide students and researchers in developmental psychology not only with an opportunity to view his contribution holistically, but in connecting his range of research interests, provides a new contribution to our understanding of lifespan development in its own right.


"The common thread throughout this collection is interactive processes operating across the lifespan, as distinguished from the traditionally accepted heuristic concept of discrete stages of development… Focusing on coping strategies in reacting to various situations, Hendry offers qualitative and quantitative analysis of statements by interviewees across various settings both domestic (in this case, the UK) and international. The narrative is easy to follow and leavened with humor. Summing Up: Recommended. All readers."

– D.J. Winchester, Columbia University, CHOICE

"This wonderful book unites examples of the immense productivity of Leo B. Hendry over his life span, and of his innovative research that truly bridges the disciplines of psychology, sociology, and education. His work is theoretically strong, brilliantly reflected and many of his tenets have had, and still have, immense practical consequences for parents, teachers and counselors."

– Inge Seiffge-Krenke, Department of Psychology, University of Mainz, Germany

"This unique collection brings together a number of Professor Hendry’s key contributions to knowledge throughout his long and distinguished career: it makes fascinating reading."

– Andy Furlong, College of Social Science, University of Glasgow, UK

Table of Contents

1. Introduction Hendry 2. Aspects of the ‘Hidden Curriculum’ Hendry and Welsh 3. Constructed Case Studies in a School Context Hendry 4. Educational Pathways and Interactive Factors Hendry and Anderson 5. Differing Perceptions Hendry and Simpson, Hendry and Love 6. Young People’s Views on People and Places Hendry, Kloep and Wood 7. Young People Talking Hendry and Kloep 8. Adolescents Speaking Out about Health Shucksmith and Hendry 9. Challenges, Risks and Coping in Adolescence Kloep and Hendry 10. Young People’s Unemployment Lifestyles Hendry, Raymond, Stewart 11. Young People in Modern Society Kloep and Hendry 12. Challenging the Orthodoxy: What is ‘emerging adulthood’? Hendry and Kloep 13. Parental Views of Emerging Adults Kloep and Hendry 14. Pathways to Retirement Kloep and Hendry 15. Reflecting on Theories Hendry, Kloep, Espnes, Ingebrigtsen, Glendinning and Wood 16. The Lifespan Challenge Model Re-visited Arnett, Kloep, Hendry and Tanner

About the Author

Leo B. Hendry is former Professor of Psychology at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim, and at the University of South Wales, Glamorgan and of Education at London and Aberdeen Universities; and is now Emeritus Professor, University of Aberdeen. He has been Visiting Professor to many universities in Europe, Canada and the Americas, and worked as a psychological advisor to the Family Support Division, American Forces (Europe) till 1989. He has carried out research projects for both national and international funding bodies and published over 150 research articles, 27 book chapters, and 22 books, which have been translated into 9 foreign languages.

About the Series

World Library of Psychologists

The World Library of Psychologists celebrates the important contributions to psychology made by leading experts in their individual fields of study. Each scholar has compiled a career-long collection of what they consider to be their finest pieces: extracts from books, journals, articles, major theoretical and practical contributions, and salient research findings.

For the first time ever the work of each contributor is presented in a single volume so readers can follow the themes and progress of their work and identify the contributions made to, and the development of, the fields themselves.

The distinguished careers of the selected experts span at least two decades and include Barbara Wilson, Elizabeth Valentine, Leo Hendry, Jonathan St. B.T. Evans and Mark Griffiths.

Each book in the series features a specially written introduction by the contributor giving an overview of his career, contextualizing his selection within the development of the field, and showing how his own thinking developed over time.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PSYCHOLOGY / Developmental / Adolescent
PSYCHOLOGY / Developmental / Adulthood & Aging
PSYCHOLOGY / Developmental / Lifespan Development