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Childhood: Voyages in Development 6th Edition

Spencer A. Rathus

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  • ISBN-10: 1337668877
  • ISBN-13: 9781337668873
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  • ISBN-10: 1305861868
  • ISBN-13: 9781305861862
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Spencer A. Rathus provides a hands-on approach in the chronologically organized CHILDHOOD: VOYAGES IN DEVELOPMENT, Sixth Edition to support you in helping students understand the link between developmental theories and research as well as their application to everyday life. Using his proven pedagogical approach, interspersed with personal and humorous stories, Rathus captures the wonder of child development while portraying the field of development as the rigorous science that it is. This edition is updated throughout with hundreds of new references and relevant information from the new DSM-5.

Spencer A. Rathus, The College of New Jersey

Spencer A. Rathus received his Ph.D. from the University at Albany and is on the faculty of The College of New Jersey. His research interests include treatment of obesity and eating disorders, smoking cessation, human growth and development, methods of therapy, and sexual dysfunctions. He is the author of the widely used Rathus Assertiveness Schedule and has written several college textbooks, including PSYCH, HDEV, AIDS: WHAT EVERY STUDENT NEEDS TO KNOW, HUMAN SEXUALITY IN A CHANGING WORLD, ABNORMAL PSYCHOLOGY IN A CHANGING WORLD, and CHILDHOOD AND ADOLESCENCE: VOYAGES IN DEVELOPMENT.
  • Each chapter begins with a "Truth or Fiction?" feature. These stimulating and challenging true/false statements entice students to delve into the subject matter by challenging folklore and common sense. For instance, items in Chapter 3 and 7, respectively, state: "Babies can be born addicted to narcotics and drugs" and "Child abusers have frequently been the victims of child abuse themselves". "Truth or Fiction Revisited" sections are found throughout the chapters and provide an analysis of the truth or falsehood of the statements posed at the beginning of the chapter.
  • "A Closer Look -- Research" boxes focus on contemporary techniques and issues in developmental research, and include boxes on ethics, the impact of genes on delinquency, mixed-age preschool classrooms, scaffolding, prejudice, and math education.
  • "A Closer Look -- Diversity" boxes address challenging issues as to how children are influenced by their ethnic backgrounds and gender roles.
  • "A Closer Look -- Real Life" boxes show the many ways in which theories and research in development can be applied in students' worlds. They cover such topics as treating bed-wetting, sex selection, advice for expectant fathers, birthing options, and guidelines for infant nutrition.
  • The book's chronological organization takes students from the micro world of genetics and neuroscience to the macro world of a child's growth.
  • The text utilizes the proven PQ4R (Preview, Question, Read, Reflect, Relate, and Review) active-learning approach, which is an integral part of each chapter.

Childhood: Voyages in Development


1. History, Theories, and Methods.
2. Heredity and Conception.
3. Prenatal Development.
4. Birth and the Newborn Baby: In the New World.
5. Infancy: Physical Development.
6. Infancy: Cognitive Development.
7. Infancy: Social and Emotional Development.
8. Early Childhood: Physical Development.
9. Early Childhood: Cognitive Development.
10. Early Childhood: Social and Emotional Development.
11. Middle Childhood: Physical Development.
12. Middle Childhood: Cognitive Development.
13. Middle Childhood: Social and Emotional Development.

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