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Typical and Atypical Child and Adolescent Development 1 Theory and Methodology

ISBN 9781032267609
Published July 28, 2022 by Routledge
220 Pages 2 Color & 17 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This concise guide offers an accessible introduction to the key theoretical perspectives and methodologies in developmental psychology. It integrates insights from typical and atypical development to reveal fundamental aspects of human growth and development, and common developmental disorders.

The topic books in this series draw on international research in the field and are informed by biological, social and cultural perspectives, offering explanations of developmental phenomena with a focus on how children and adolescents at different ages actually think, feel and act. In this succinct volume, Stephen von Tetzchner outlines the main theoretical perspectives including psychodynamic psychology, behaviorism, logical constructivism, social constructivism, evolutionary psychology, ethological psychology, ecological psychology, information processing and critical developmental psychology. He provides a guide to methods of gaining knowledge about children and introduces child and adolescent disorders.

Together with a companion website that offers topic-based quizzes, lecturer PowerPoint slides and sample essay questions, Typical and Atypical Child and Adolescent Development 1: Theory and Methodology is an essential text for all students of developmental psychology, as well as those working in the fields of child development, developmental disabilities and special education.

The content of this topic book is taken from Stephen von Tetzchner’s core textbook Child and Adolescent Psychology: Typical and Atypical Development. The comprehensive volume offers a complete overview of child and adolescent development. For more information visit www.routledge.com/9781138823396

Table of Contents


Part I Developmental Psychology

1. Psychology and Development

2. The Historical Roots of Developmental Psychology

3. Globalization

4. Typical and Atypical Development

5. Recurrent Issues in Developmental Psychology

6. Modeling Development

7. Dynamic Systems

8. Vulnerability, Risk, Resilience and Protection

9. The Developmental Way of Thinking

Summary of Part I

Core Issues

Suggestions for Further Reading

Part II Theoretical Perspectives

10. The Function of Developmental Theories

11. Psychodynamic Psychology

12. Behaviorism

13. Logical Constructivism

14. Social Constructivism

15. Evolutionary Psychology

16. Ethological Psychology

17. Ecological Psychology

18. Information Processing

19. Critical Developmental Psychology

20. Distinguishing between Theories

Summary of Part II

Core Issues

Suggestions for Further Reading

Part III Methods of Gaining Knowledge about Children

21. Observations

22. Questionnaires and Interviews

23. Archival Research

24. Methodologies

25. Special Methods for Studying Infants

26. Criteria for Research Methodology

27. Assessment

28. Ethical Considerations

Summary of Part III

Core Issues

Suggestions for Further Reading

Part IV Child and Adolescent Disorders

29. Categorization of Disorders and Classification Systems

30. Sensory Impairments

31. Motor Impairments

32. Neurodevelopmental Disorders

33. Behavioral and Emotional Disorders

34. Trauma and Stressor-Related Disorders

35. Addictions

36. Acquired Disorders

Summary of Part IV

Core Issues

Suggestions for Further Reading




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


The individual topic books in the Topics from Child and Adolescent Psychology are drawn from Stephen von Tetzchner’s comprehensive core textbook, Child and Adolescent Psychology. 

Praise for the core textbook:

‘Extremely useful text for students and practitioners alike.’ Dr. Graham Music, Consultant Psychotherapist, Tavistock Clinic London, UK.

‘Illustrates how knowledge about typical and atypical development can be integrated and used to highlight fundamental processes of human growth and maturation.’ Dr. John Coleman, PhD, OBE, UK.