About AADA: Chartered in , the Association for Adult Development and Aging, serves as a focal point for sharing, professional development, and advocacy related to adult development and aging issues and addresses counseling concerns across the lifespan. Researchers associated with the Adult Development Lab at North Carolina State University are conducting a variety of studies that are focused on understanding cognitive functioning-broadly defined-throughout the adult lifespan.
Adult development is the gradual replacement of the child's sense of safety (which is now an illusion) with actual grown-up safety anchored in mature decisions. The process of psychological growth gets STUCK when there is a failure of adoption. We may think of depression as a recurring condition with a gloomy prognosis, but findings from one study indicate that nearly 10% of adults in the United States with major depression were thriving ten years later.
The personal relational aspects of relationships as well as cultural, historical, and social factors are combined to give a big-picture view of cognitive aspects of thriving close relationships. The book rests on 30 years of research in adult cognitive development and on other recent empirical research conducted by the author and others. There is greater diversity in the nature and pathways of adult development now than in the past. The special issue illustrates a multidisciplinary approach that considers factors such as culture, birth cohort, socioeconomic status, gender, race, and ethnicity to characterize and advance our understanding of adult development.