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Child and Adolescent Development in Context

Child and Adolescent Development in Context

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January 2020 | 600 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
Like children themselves, development is dynamic. In the chronologically organized Child and Adolescent Development: Lives in Context, award-winning author Tara L. Kuther frames development research in real-life contexts, including gender, race and ethnicity, socioeconomic status, and more. Kuther presents highly relatable examples, vivid cross-cultural stories, and Lives in Context video case studies of real individuals, consistently prompting students to reflect on chapter content with What do you think? questions. The book emphasizes three core themes: the centrality of context, the importance of research, and the applied value of developmental science; students will come away with an understanding of these themes that they will immediately be able to apply to their own lives and future careers.

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Unit I: Foundations of Child and Adolescent Development
Chapter 1: Understanding Human Development: Approaches and Theories
Understanding Development

Basic Issues in Developmental Science

Theories of Child Development

Research in Human Development

Chapter 2: Biological and Environmental Foundations of Development
Genetic Foundations of Development

Chromosomal and Genetic Problems

Reproductive Choices

Heredity and Environment

Chapter 3: The Prenatal Period, Birth, and the Newborn
Prenatal Development

Environmental Influences on Prenatal Development


The Newborn

Unit II: Infancy and Toddlerhood
Chapter 4: Physical Development in Infancy and Toddlerhood
Body Growth

Brain Development During Infancy and Toddlerhood

Early Learning Capacities

Sensation and Perception During Infancy and Toddlerhood

Motor Development During Infancy and Toddlerhood

Chapter 5: Cognitive Development in Infancy and Toddlerhood
Piaget’s Cognitive-Developmental Theory

Information Processing Theory

Individual Differences in Cognitive Abilities

Language Development in Infancy and Toddlerhood

Chapter 6: Socioemotional Development in Infancy and Toddlerhood
Psychosocial Development in Infancy and Toddlerhood

Emotional Development in Infancy and Toddlerhood

Temperament in Infancy and Toddlerhood

Attachment in Infancy and Toddlerhood

The Self in Infancy and Toddlerhood

Unit III: Early Childhood
Chapter 7: Physical Development in Early Childhood
Growth and Motor Development

Brain Development

Promoting Health in Early Childhood

Threats to Health and Well-Being

Chapter 8: Cognitive Development in Early Childhood
Cognitive-Developmental and Sociocultural Reasoning in Early Childhood

Information Processing in Early Childhood

Language Development in Early Childhood

Moral Development in Early Childhood

Early Childhood Education

Chapter 9: Socioemotional Development in Early Childhood
Emerging Sense of Self

Emotional Development in Early Childhood


Gender Stereotypes, Gender Differences, and Gender Development

Play and Peer Relationships in Early Childhood

Unit IV: Middle Childhood
Chapter 10: Physical Development in Middle Childhood
Growth and Motor Development

Brain Development

Physical Activity in Middle Childhood

Threats to Health in Middle Childhood

Chapter 11: Cognitive Development in Middle Childhood
Cognitive Development in Middle Childhood


Moral Reasoning in Middle Childhood

Language Development in Middle Childhood

Learning and Schooling in Middle Childhood

Chapter 12: Socioemotional Development in Middle Childhood
Psychosocial Development in Middle Childhood

Gender Development

Peer Relationships in Middle Childhood

Families in Middle Childhood

Unit V: Adolescence
Chapter 13: Physical Development in Adolescence

Brain Development in Adolescence

Adolescent Health

Adolescent Sexuality

Chapter 14: Cognitive Development in Adolescence
Cognitive Development

Adolescent Moral Development

Schools and Academic Functioning in Adolescence

Postsecondary Education And Employment

Chapter 15: Socioemotional Development in Adolescence
Psychosocial Development: The Changing Self

Adolescents and Their Parents

Adolescents and Their Peers

Problems in Adolescence

Name Index
Subject Index


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