Child and Adolescent Development: An Integrated Approach

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Organized topically to realistically present the three overarching perspectives that guide today's researchers and practitioners of developmental psychology, David Bjorklund and Carlos Hernández Blasi's CHILD AND ADOLESCENT DEVELOPMENT: AN IINTEGRATED APPROACH shows how the major perspectives on human development must be integrated—rather than presented as contrasting and sometimes contradictory ways of looking at development—in order to meaningfully understand infants, children, and adolescents as well as how they develop.

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Lorraine Taylor, University of North Carolina; This is one of the most innovative and contemporary text books that I've ever seen! The organizational format is particularly noteworthy, it offers a fresh and comprehensive framework for our field and will allow instructors to really get the big picture of Development across to our students, while enjoying the many wonderful details along the way!

David Geary, University of Missouri; I highly recommend [this] book. It is timely, innovative, and will be at the forefront of the emerging textbook market in psychology and evolution. I will certainly use it.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780495095637
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 1/1/2011
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 800
  • Sales rank: 718,810
  • Product dimensions: 9.20 (w) x 10.90 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

David F. Bjorklund is Professor of Psychology at Florida Atlantic University, where he has taught graduate and undergraduate courses in developmental psychology since 1976. He received a B.A. degree in psychology from the University of Massachusetts in 1971, an M.A. degree in psychology from the University of Dayton in 1973, and a Ph.D. degree in developmental psychology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1976. He has received numerous teaching and research awards from Florida Atlantic University, and is the recipient of an Alexander von Humboldt Research Award. He has co-authored several books. Bjorklund has served as Associate Editor of CHILD DEVELOPMENT, published by the Society for Research in Child Development, has served on the editorial boards of DEVELOPMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY, DEVELOPMENTAL REVIEW, COGNITIVE DEVELOPMENT, EDUCATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY REVIEW, JOURNAL OF COMPARATIVE PSYCHOLOGY, JOURNAL OF COGNITIVE DEVELOPMENT, JOURNAL OF EXPERIMENTAL CHILD PSYCHOLOGY, and SCHOOL PSYCHOLOGY QUARTERLY, and has served as a contributing editor to PARENTS MAGAZINE. He has published more than 100 scholarly articles on various topics relating to child development and has received financial support for his research from the National Science Foundation, the Spencer Foundation, and the German Research Foundation. His current research interests include children's cognitive development, cognitive developmental primatology, and evolutionary developmental psychology.

Carlos Hernández Blasi earned his undergraduate degree in psychology from the Universitat de Barcelona in 1986 and his Ph.D. from the Universidad Autonoma de Madrid in1993. Since 1997, he has been Associate Professor at the University Jaume I in Castellon, Spain, where he teaches developmental psychology through the Department of Psychology and the College of Education. His primary field of research is cognitive development, particularly memory development in children, although his interests have become increasingly focused on how contemporary biological approaches (neurosciences, behavioral genetics, and, especially, evolutionary theory) can improve our understanding of psychological development. Professor Hernández-Blasi has been a visiting professor and invited lecturer at different US and European research institutions, including Florida Atlantic University, the Max-Planck Institute in Munich, Germany, and Aalborg University in Denmark. He has been awarded several research grants in Spain and currently serves as an Associate Editor of Infancia y Aprendizaje, the leading Spanish-language journal on child development. His other books (all in Spanish) include Contexts for Psychological Development and Education, and Developmental Psychology: An Historical and Conceptual Approach. He lives in Castellon, on the Mediterranean coast, and loves the arts, especially film and music, as well as traveling, swimming, and watching sports.

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Table of Contents

PART I: THE FOUNDATIONS OF DEVELOPMENT. 1. Introduction to Child and Adolescent Development. 2. Theories and Contexts of Development. 3. Genetics, Prenatal Development, and the Neonate. 4. Physical Development. PART II: COGNITIVE DEVELOPMENT: BECOMING A PROBLEM SOLVER. 5. What Do Infants Know and When and How do They Know It? 6. The Symbolic Child: Piaget's Theory and Beyond. 7. Understanding Self and Others. 8. Becoming Self-Directed Thinkers: Problem Solving and Memory. 9. Language Development. 10. Intelligence and School Achievement. PART III: SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT: BECOMING A SOCIAL BEING. 11. Emotion, Temperament, and Personality Development. 12. Attachment and Early Parent-Child Care. 13. The Family and Other Contexts for Socialization. 14. Competing and Cooperating with Peers. 15. The Development of Sexuality and Gender Identity. Glossary. References. Name Index. Subject Index.

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