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Typical and Atypical Child and Adolescent Development 7 Social Relations, Self-awareness and Identity

ISBN 9781032267821
Published October 14, 2022 by Routledge
284 Pages 16 Color & 4 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This concise guide offers an accessible introduction to social development, social relations, identity development and self-awareness from childhood to adolescence. It integrates insights from both typical and atypical development to reveal the 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 volume, Stephen von Tetzchner explains key topics including: attachment; sibling and peer relations; self and identity; gender development; play; media and understanding of society; and the transition toward adulthood.

Together with a companion website that offers topic-based quizzes, lecturer PowerPoint slides and sample essay questions, Typical and Atypical Child and Adolescent Development 7: Social Relations, Self-awareness and Identity 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 Attachment

1. Early social relations

2. Theoretical perspectives on attachment

3. The development of attachment

4. Individual differences in attachment

5. Continuity of attachment

6. Cultural differences

7. Attachment and later functioning

8. Attachment-related disorders

9. Attachment theory and social work in practice

Summary of Part I

Core Issues

Suggestions for further reading

Part II Sibling and Peer Relations

10. A growing social network

11. Sibling relationships

12. Peer relations

13. The development of friendship

14. Enemies

15. Popular and rejected children

16. Adolescent groups

17. Peer relations and later disorders

Summary of Part II

Core Issues

Suggestions for further reading


Part III Self and Identity

18. Finding a place in the world

19. The beginnings of self-perception

20. Theories of self-development

21. Further development of self-perception

22. Self-perception in atypical development

23. Self-perception and emotional behavioural disorders

24. Identity formation

Summary of Part III

Core Issues

Suggestions for further reading

Part IV Gender Development

25. Gender in society

26. The development of gender understanding

27. Sex-typing

28. Atypical development

29. Theoretical perspectives on gender-typical behavior

Summary of Part IV

Core Issues

Suggestions for further reading

Part V Play

30. Participation in play

31. Forms of play

32. Solitary, parallel and group play

33. The development of play

34. The functions of play

35. Play in different contexts

36. Play among children with atypical development

Summary of Part V

Core Issues

Suggestions for further reading

Part VI Media and Understanding of Society

37. Becoming part of a larger society

38. Children and adolescents in a media society

39. Societal knowledge

Summary of Part VI

Core Issues

Suggestions for further reading

40. Toward Adulthood




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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.