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Child and Adolescent Psychology
Typical and Atypical Development

ISBN 9781138823396
Published November 2, 2018 by Routledge
694 Pages

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Book Description

Child and Adolescent Psychology provides an accessible and thorough introduction to human development by integrating insights from typical and atypical development. This integration cements understanding since the same processes are involved. Knowledge about atypical development informs the understanding of typical development, and knowledge about typical development is a necessary basis for understanding atypical development and working with children with disorders.

Based on international research, and informed by biological, social and cultural perspectives, the book provides explanations of developmental phenomena, with a focus on how children and adolescents at different age levels actually think, feel and act. Following a structure by topic, with chronological developments within each chapter, von Tetzchner presents and contrasts the major theoretical ideas in developmental psychology and discusses their implications for different aspects of development. He also integrates information about sensory, physical and cognitive disabilities and the main emotional and behavioral disorders of childhood and adolescence, and the developmental consequences of these disabilities and disorders.

Child and Adolescent Psychology is accompanied by online resources for lecturers and students to enhance the book, including essay questions for each chapter, Powerpoint slides and multiple-choice questions. The book and companion website will prove invaluable to developmental psychology students.


Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Developmental psychology

Chapter 2: Theoretical perspectives

Chapter 3: Methods of gaining knowledge about children

Chapter 4: Child and adolescent disorders

Chapter 5: Genes, evolution, heredity and environment

Chapter 6: Stimulation and activity during fetal development

Chapter 7: Brain development

Chapter 8: Perceptual development

Chapter 9: Motor development

Chapter 10: Theories of cognitive development

Chapter 11: Attention, memory and executive function

Chapter 12: Conceptual development and reasoning

Chapter 13: Mind understanding

Chapter 14: Intelligence

Chapter 15: Learning and instruction

Chapter 16: The development of communication and language

Chapter 17: Emotions and emotion regulation

Chapter 18: Temperament and personality

Chapter 19: Attachment

Chapter 20: Sibling and peer relations

Chapter 21: Self and identity

Chapter 22: Moral development

Chapter 23 Prosocial and antisocial development

Chapter 24: Gender development

Chapter 25: Play

Chapter 26: Media and understanding of society

Chapter 27: Toward adulthood




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Stephen von Tetzchner is Professor of Developmental Psychology at the Department of Psychology, University of Oslo, Norway.


‘A hugely impressive achievement, offering a broad panoply of understandings of development from a wide diversity of perspectives and disciplines, spanning all the key areas, and forming a comprehensive, detailed  and extremely useful text for students and practitioners alike.’ Dr. Graham Music, Consultant Psychotherapist, Tavistock Clinic London, UK

This book provides an extensive overview of the field of developmental psychology. It illustrates how knowledge about typical and atypical development can be integrated and used to highlight fundamental processes of human growth and maturation. The author has written an accessible text which will be of value to undergraduates and postgraduates alike. I can strongly recommend it to all who are keen to learn about this fascinating and rapidly changing field. Dr. John Coleman, PhD, OBE, UK

‘This book is magnificent. It is an extraordinary blend of depth of scholarship with a lucid, and engaging, writing style. Its coverage is impressive: both thorough and timely. An admirable feature of the book is its skillful presentation of typical and atypical development in each chapter. The book is comprehensive, instructive and inviting. Both new and advanced students will love the coverage of this text, will appreciate its use of headers and enjoy its illustrations.’ Professor Joseph Campos, University of California, USA

An amazing achievement. Stephen von Tetzchner's volume has an encyclopedic breadth combined with an unerring eye for the central research across developmental psychology, particularly for the period of its explosive growth since the 1960s. It is remarkable for its even-handed representation of the American and European literatures. Both a text and a reference work, this will be the go-to resource for any teacher, researcher or student of the discipline for the foreseeable future. Professor Andy Lock, University of Lisbon, Portugal