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
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
Please visit our companion website for additional support materials.