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This chronologically organized introduction to child and adolescent development introduces students to the theories, research, and applications of the field. Illustrating both the commonalties and diversities of our contemporary multicultural society, it shows the immediate relevance of the subject matter to everyday life. Exceptionally user-friendly, it features a variety of pedagogical tools that make the field of development engaging and accessibleincluding practical, take-home information that students can use now and in the future.
Table of Contents
1. An Introduction to Child Development.
An Orientation to Child Development. Theoretical Perspectives. Research Methods.
2. The Start of Life: Genetics and Prenatal Development.
Heredity. The Interaction of Heredity and Environment. Prenatal Growth and Change.
3. Birth and the Newborn Infant.
Birth. Birth Complications. The Competent Newborn.
4. Physical Development in Infancy.
Growth and Stability. Motor Development. The Development of the Senses.
5. Cognitive Development in Infancy.
Piaget's Approach to Cognitive Development. Information-Processing Approaches to Cognitive Development. The Roots of Language.
6. Social and Personality Development in Infancy.
Forming the Roots of Sociability. Forging Relationships. Differences among Infants.
III. THE PRESCHOOL YEARS.
7. Physical Development in the Preschool Years.
Physical Growth. Health and Wellness. Motor Development.
8. Cognitive Development in the Preschool Years.
Intellectual Development. The Growth of Language. Schooling and Society.
9. Social and Personality Development in the Preschool Years.
Forming a Sense of Self. Preschoolers' Social Lives. Moral Development and Aggression.
IV. MIDDLE CHILDHOOD.
10. Physical Development in Middle Childhood.
The Growing Body. Motor Development and Safety. Children with Special Needs.
11. Cognitive Development in Middle Childhood.
Intellectual and Language Development. Schooling: The Three Rs (and More) of Middle Childhood. Intelligence: Determining Individual Strengths.
12. Social and Personality Development in Middle Childhood.
The Developing Self. Relationships: Building Friendship in Middle Childhood. Family Life.
13. Physical Development in Adolescence.
Physical Maturation. Stress and Coping. Threats to Adolescents' Well-Being.
14. Cognitive Development in Adolescence.
Intellectual Development. Moral Development. School Performance and Cognitive Development. Picking an Occupation: Choosing Life's Work.
15. Social and Personality Development in Adolescence.
Identity: Asking “Who Am I?” Relationships: Family and Friends. Dating, Sexual Behavior, and Teenage Pregnancy.
Glossary. References. Acknowledgements. Name Index. Subject Index.