Child Development A Thematic Approach

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  • Edition: 5th
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2003-04-10
  • Publisher: Wadsworth Publishing
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Child Development covers all ages through adolescence, focusing on a distinct domain of developmental psychology in every chapter and emphasizing theory and research. In order to help students think like researchers, the authors present a thematic approach that consistently ties findings to the six themes underlying the study of human development—the role of nature and nurture; the influence of sociocultural context; the active role of the child; continuous vs. stage-like development; the interaction of various domains of development; and the prominence of individual differences in development.

Table of Contents

Note: Each chapter concludes with a Chapter Recap
Themes and Theories
What Is Development?
Six Major Themes in Developmental Psychology
The Study of the Child: Historical Perspectives
Learning Theory Approaches
Cognitive-Developmental Approaches
Information-Processing Approaches
Erikson's Psychosocial Approach
Contextual Approaches
What Develops?
Studying Child Development Research
Methods in Developmental Psychology
Ethical Issues in Developmental Research
Genetics and Heredity
Principles of Hereditary
Transmission Gene and Chromosomal Abnormalities
Genetic Counseling
Developmental and Behavioral Genetics
The Prenatal Period and Birth
The Stages of Prenatal Development
Environmental Factors
Influencing Prenatal Development
Birth and the Perinatal Environment
Newborn Assessment and States
Brain, Motor Skill, and Physical Development
The Brain and Nervous System
Motor Skill Development
Body Growth and Development
Physical Maturity
Basic Learning and Perception
Basic Learning Processes in Infancy and Childhood
Sensory and Perceptual Capacities
Perceptual Development Throughout Childhood
The Course of Language
Acquisition Explaining Language
The Functions of Language
Cognition: Piaget and Vygotsky
Piaget's Theory of Cognitive Development
Concept Development
Understanding Psychological States
Vygotsky's Sociocultural Theory of Cognitive Development
Cognition:Information Processing
The Information-Processing Approach
The Development of Attention
The Development of Memory
The Development of Problem-Solving Skills
What Is Intelligence?
Measuring Intelligence
Factors Related to Intelligence
Emotion What Are Emotions?
Expressing, Understanding, and Regulating Emotions
Variations in Emotional Development
Attachment: Emotional Relationships with Others
Self and Values
The Concept of Self
Self-regulation and Self-control
Moral Development
Prosocial Behavior
Gender Stereotypes Versus Actual Sex Differences
Theories of Gender-Role Development
The Socialization of Gender Roles
Alternative Conceptualizations of Gender
The Family
Understanding the Family
Parents and Socialization
Relationships with Mothers, Fathers, and Siblings
Families in Transition
Peers Developmental Changes in Peer Relations
Peer Group Dynamics
Peers as Agents of Socialization
Peer Popularity and Social Competence
Children's Friendships
Beyond Family and Peers
School Neighborhoods
Name Index
Subject Index
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