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Parents and Children
A First Book on the Psychology of Child Development and Training

ISBN 9781138899797
Published May 16, 2017 by Routledge
244 Pages

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Book Description

By his wide influence as author and teacher C.W. Valentine had established himself as a leading authority in this country on child psychology applied to early training. Originally published in 1953, this was a book for parents who need help and advice in bringing up their children and who were puzzled by the obscure and often contradictory assertions of child psychologists.

This book deals with the earliest problems – feeding, weaning, sleep, etc.; it then goes on to early discipline, first school difficulties and adolescence. The great individual differences in children, frequently in the same family, are stressed, so that parents would not be so ready to imagine behaviour to be abnormal. It also sought to help parents understand themselves in their attitude towards their children.

As teachers, social and religious workers, children’s welfare officers and nurses, were increasingly brought into touch with parents to discuss with them the upbringing of their children, it was hoped that this book would be of use to those groups as well as to parents themselves.

Table of Contents

Part 1: Introduction  1. Parents and Children  2. The Nature of Psychology and the Best Approach  Part 2: Some Basic Motives and Influences on Conduct  3. The Inborn or Basic Motives in Man  4. Individual Differences in the Strength of Inborn Tendencies  5. Sympathy and the Protective Impulse  6. Social Training and Habits  7. Imitation and its Limitations  8. Suggestion and its Influence  Part 3: Unconscious Influences and Abnormal Reactions  9. Unconscious Influences on Conduct and on Mental Health  10. Repression and the Inferiority Complex  11. Abnormal Parental Influences and Attitudes  12. Some Unconscious or Abnormal Child Reactions to Parents  Part 4: General Intelligence and Special Abilities  13. General Intelligence and Intelligence Tests  14. General Ability  15. Special Abilities and Activities  Part 5: Stages of Development of the Child  16. Some General Principles of Development  17. Babyhood: Some Problems of Food, Sleep, Fears, and Cleanliness  18. The First Two Years: Development and Attainments  19. Early Infancy – Ages Two to Five  20. Middle Childhood and School  21. Adolescence  Part 6: Further Main Problems of School and Home  22. Some Special School Problems  23. Discipline in the Home.  Index.

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