1st Edition

An Introduction to Childhood and Youth Studies and Psychology

Edited By Victoria Cooper, Mimi Tatlow-Golden Copyright 2023
    256 Pages 51 Color Illustrations
    by Routledge

    256 Pages 51 Color Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This exciting new book provides a novel interdisciplinary introduction to Childhood and Youth Studies and Psychology. Its accessible approach illuminates holistic understandings of children and young people’s lives by drawing from multiple disciplines and theoretical frameworks and wide-ranging research examples, including case studies from around the world, featuring children and young people’s perspectives throughout.

    Weaving insights from education and cultural studies, social anthropology, and sociology with social, cultural, and developmental psychology, it covers children and young people’s experiences and development from infancy to young adulthood (0–23 years) and their rights. Chapters explore key contemporary topics such as the following:

    • Digital childhood and youth
    • Children’s embodied experiences
    • The social and cultural origins of selves
    • Diverse families
    • Race and ethnicity
    • Global childhoods
    • Models for understanding health and disability
    • Children’s rights and agency
    • Gender in childhood and youth

    An essential reading for students on childhood and youth, psychology, and education courses, An Introduction to Childhood and Youth Studies and Psychology is also a valuable introductory resource for practitioners working with children and young people and for parents and policy makers with an interest in how we understand children and young people’s lives today.

    Introduction: Understanding children and young people's lives

    Mimi Tatlow-Golden and Victoria Cooper

    Chapter 1 What is Childhood and Youth Studies?

    Heather Montgomery

    Chapter 2 The psychology of childhood and youth

    Mimi Tatlow-Golden

    Chapter 3 Children’s bodies

    Victoria Cooper and Vicky Preece

    Chapter 4 Making sense of the self

    Mimi Tatlow-Golden

    Chapter 5 Diverse Families

    Michael Boampong

    Chapter 6 Young people’s mental health

    Victoria Cooper

    Chapter 7 Education, schools, and learning

    Amber Fensham-Smith

    Chapter 8 Models of disability and their effects on children's lives

    Kieron Sheehy, Budiyanto, Sri Widayati, and Khofidotur Rofiah

    Chapter 9 Race(ism) and ethnicity

    Anthony Gunter

    Chapter 10 Global childhoods

    Afua Twum-Danso Imoh and Heather Montgomery

    Chapter 11 Gender in childhood and youth

    Naomi Holford

    Chapter 12 Digital childhood and youth: life with screens

    Lucy Caton and Mel Green

    Chapter 13 Adolescents, teenagers, and youth: A time of change

    Victoria Cooper, Mimi Tatlow-Golden, and Heather Montgomery

    Chapter 14 Transitions to adulthood

    Anthony Gunter and Naomi Holford


    Victoria Cooper is Senior Lecturer at The Open University who specialises in research focused on marginalised children and young people’s experiences. She is co-author of Parenting the First Twelve Years: What the Evidence Tells Us (2018) and co-editor of Exploring Childhood and Youth (2021).

    Mimi Tatlow-Golden is Senior Lecturer of Developmental Psychology and Childhood at The Open University. She co-directs the Centre for Children and Young People’s Wellbeing and the RUMPUS Group researching fun. Her transdisciplinary research argues for dialogue between Childhood and Youth Studies and Psychology and showcases its benefits.