The Cambridge Encyclopedia of Child Development, 1st Edition

  • Brian Hopkins
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  • ISBN-10: 0511481063
  • ISBN-13: 9780511481062
  • DDC: 305.231
  • Grade Level Range: College Freshman - College Senior
  • 684 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2006 | Published/Released October 2009
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2006

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The Cambridge Encyclopedia of Child Development is an authoritative, accessible and up-to-date account of all aspects of child development. Written by an international team of leading experts, it adopts an interdisciplinary approach and covers everything from prenatal development to education, pediatrics, neuroscience, theories and research methods to physical development, social development, cognitive development, psychopathology and parenting. It also looks at cultural issues, sex differences and the history of child development. The combination of comprehensive coverage, clear, jargon-free style and user-friendly format will ensure this book is essential reading for students, researchers, health care professionals, social workers, education professionals, parents and anyone interested in the welfare of children.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Other Frontmatter.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
Editorial Preface.
Acknowledgments: External Reviewers.
1: Introduction: What Is Development and Interdisciplinarity?.
2: The Concept of Development: Historical Perspectives.
3: Understanding Ontogenetic Development: Debates about the Nature of the Epigenetic Process.
4: What Is Ontogenetic Development?.
5: The Challenge of Interdisciplinarity: Metaphors, Reductionism, and the Practice of Interdisciplinary Research.
6: Theories of Development.
7: Neuromaturational Theories.
8: Constructivist Theories.
9: Ethological Theories.
10: Learning Theories.
11: Psychoanalytical Theories.
12: Theories of the Child's Mind.
13: Dynamical Systems Approaches.
14: Methods in Child Development Research.
15: Data Collection Techniques.
16: Magnetic Resonance Imaging.
17: Clinical and Non-Clinical Interview Methods.
18: Cross-Cultural Comparisons.
19: Cross-Species Comparisons.
20: Developmental Testing.
21: Observational Methods.
22: Experimental Methods.
23: Parent and Teacher Rating Scales.
24: Self and Peer Assessment of Competence and Well-Being.
25: Research Design.
26: Epidemiological Designs.
27: Cross-Sectional and Longitudinal Designs.
28: Twin and Adoption Studies.
29: Data Analysis.
30: Indices of Efficacy.
31: Group Differences in Developmental Functions.
32: Multilevel Modeling.
33: Structural Equation Modeling.
34: Research and Ethics.
35: Ethical Considerations in Studies with Children.
36: Prenatal Development and the Newborn.
37: Conceptions and Misconceptions about Embryonic Development.
38: Prenatal Development of the Musculoskeletal System in the Human.
39: Normal and Abnormal Prenatal Development.
40: The Birth Process.
41: The Status of the Human Newborn.
42: Domains of Development: From Infancy to Childhood.
43: Cognitive Development in Infancy.
44: Cognitive Development Beyond Infancy.
45: Perceptual Development.
46: Motor Development.
47: Social Development.
48: Emotional Development.
49: Moral Development.
50: Speech Development.
51: Language Development.
52: Development of Learning and Memory.
53: Selected Topics.
54: Aggressive and Prosocial Behavior.
55: Attention.
56: Brain and Behavioral Development (I): Sub-Cortical.
57: Brain and Behavioral Development (II): Cortical.
58: Connectionist Modeling.
59: Daycare.
60: Executive Functions.
61: Face Recognition.
62: Handedness.
63: Imitation.
64: Intelligence.
65: Locomotion.
66: Parenting and the Family.
67: Play.
68: Prehension.
69: Reading and Writing.
70: Schooling and Literacy.
71: Selfhood.
72: Sex Differences.
73: Siblings and Peers.
74: Sleep and Wakefulness.
75: Socialization.
76: Temperament.
77: Developmental Pathology.
78: ‘At-Risk’ Concept.
79: Autism.
80: Behavioral and Learning Disorders.
81: Blindness.
82: Cerebral Palsies.
83: Child Depression.
84: Developmental Coordination Disorder.
85: Down's Syndrome.
86: Dyslexia.
87: Hearing Disorders.
88: Prematurity and Low Birthweight.
89: Prolonged Infant Crying and Colic.
90: Sudden Infant Death Syndrome.
91: Williams Syndrome.
92: Crossing the Borders.
93: Anthropology.
94: Behavioral Embryology.
95: Behavior Genetics.
96: Cognitive Neuroscience.
97: Developmental Genetics.
98: Education.
99: Ethology.
100: Linguistics.
101: Pediatrics.
102: Sociology.
Biographical Sketches of Key Figures.
Milestones of Motor Development and Indicators of Biological Maturity.
The Statistics of Quantitative Genetic Theory.
Glossary of Terms.
Author Index.
Subject Index.