Developmental Psychology (ePub eBook)


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EBOOK by Gillibrand, Dr Rachel/Lam, Dr Virginia/O'Donnell, Dr Victoria L.
648 pages
19 AUG 2016


What does it mean to say that one child is more intelligent than another?Does it really make a difference if we talk to babies even though they cant understand us?What makes children with the same parents have different characters?At what age are children likely to become involved in cyberbullying?Developmental Psychology 2nd edition provides a clear and lively coverage of the main topics and concepts required by the British Psychological Society (BPS). The book takes a broadly topical organisation addressing the social and cognitive strands of development, providing an intuitive pathway through the core topics, and a final section which focuses on the clinical and applied aspects of the subject. This second edition include updated and expanded coverage of play, motor development, genetics and research methods


Contents Section I Introduction to developmental psychology Chapter 1 What is developmental psychology? The debates of developmental psychology What is 'normal' development? Chapter 2 Theoretical perspectives What is a theory? Theoretical perspectives Psychoanalytical perspective of development Biological perspectives on development Learning perspectives on development Cognitive perspective on development Integrative perspectives in developmental psychology Chapter 3 Research methods What is research? The importance of understanding theoretical paradigms Methods in developmental psychology research Working with children Section II Cognitive and linguistic development Chapter 4 Prenatal development and infancy How to grow a baby: the roles of nature and nurture in early development Prenatal physical development Prenatal development of the brain Prenatal abilities and behaviour Risks to prenatal development: environmental teratogens and genetic errors Birth The neonate: basic states, movements and reflexes The postnatal development of the brain Infant vision Infant audition Infant touch, taste and smell abilities Motor abilities in infancy Cognitive abilities in infancy: general models and approaches Infant attention Infant learning and memory Basic knowledge and understanding in infancy Categorisation in infancy Reasoning and problem-solving in infancy Chapter 5 Language development What is language? What communication is there before verbal communication? The four components of language How do infants' early social interactions prepare them for later language? Theories of development Phonological development Semantic development Syntactic development The development of pragmatics Chapter 6 Memory and intelligence What is memory? Memory in children What is intelligence? Intelligence in children Chapter 7 The development of mathematical thinking What is mathematical thinking? Understanding number The number system as a tool for thinking Reasoning and solving problems with numbers The step into rational numbers Chapter 8 Theory of mind What is theory of mind? How does theory of mind fit into a developmental perspective? Theories explaining theory of mind Theory of mind and children with autism Section III Social and emotional development Chapter 9 Attachment and early social experiences What is attachment? Measuring attachment Attachment and childcare Attachment beyond infancy Chapter 10 Childhood temperament and behavioural development What is temperament? Studying and measuring temperament Explanations for differences in temperament Temperament in the long term Chapter 11 Development of self-concept and gender identity What are self-concept and social identity? Theories in the development of the self-concept in children Understanding gender categories: children's gender identity Chapter 12 Peer interactions and relationships The peer group and peer interactions Children's friendships Chapter 13 Adolescence Physical changes during adolescence Cognitive development and changes in the teenage years Social development in the teenage years Mental health in adolescence Sex and relationship behaviour in adolescence Section IV Clinical/applied aspects Chapter 14 Development psychology and education The application of developmental theory in classrooms Five themes of 'developmentally appropriate provision' Chapter 15 Understanding bullying What is bullying? Involvement in bullying Theoretical perspectives on bullying Tackling bullying: methods of intervention and prevention Chapter 16 Atypical development What is atypical development? Assessment Therapy and intervention Chapter 17 Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) Introduction to Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder ADHD across the lifespan Co-morbidity and associated impairments in ADHD What causes ADHD? Treatment for ADHD Future directions in ADHD research