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Overview

Books on child development frequently present theory and research without reference to practice, while practice-oriented texts often deal with development superficially. This much-needed resource fills a crucial gap, focusing on how practitioners can apply the latest developmental knowledge to assessment and intervention with children and families. The book begins with a theoretical framework for understanding the transactions between individual development and the child's wider environments, examining the crucial roles of attachment and parenting and the ecology of risk and protective factors. Chapters then detail normal behavior and salient developmental tasks for infancy, toddlerhood, the preschool period, and middle childhood. Numerous case vignettes and observational examples bring the research to life and highlight special considerations for working with children with difficulties.

The book contains black-and-white illustrations.

Books on child development frequently present theory and research without reference to practice, while practice-oriented texts often deal with development superficially. This much-needed resource fills a crucial gap, focusing on how practitioners can apply the latest developmental knowledge to assessment and intervention with children and families. The book begins with a theoretical framework for understanding the transactions between individual development and the child's wider environments, examining the crucial roles of attachment and parenting and the ecology of risk and protective factors. Chapters then detail normal behavior and salient developmental tasks for infancy, toddlerhood, the preschool period, and middle childhood. Numerous case vignettes and observational examples bring the research to life and highlight special considerations for working with children with difficulties.

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"This is an outstanding book. Davies' Child Development is going to become that well-worn book on the shelf in the office, bearing signs of frequent use long after the practitioner leaves graduate school. As a teacher of social work, I have been disappointed in other books on human development because they've lacked what Child Development has as its strength--teaching practitioners how to think about a person developing in interaction with their environment. Strongly based in attachment theory, Davies develops the transactional-ecological model to demonstrate the course of child development. Using concepts like protective factors, risk factors, and scaffolding, the practitioner gains rich developmental detail, an understanding of interferences in development and excellent suggestions for interventions. Davies is a natural storyteller so his case examples are a lens on childhood, illustrating his themes perfectly. He understands the need to read and interpret the child through the mediums of words, behavior, and play while never losing sight of the larger social context. His appendices, tables, and summaries will prove invaluable to the practitioner. The book is a pleasure to read: wise, human, and critically and theoretically balanced with practice applications in abundance. I will be using this book as the child text in my courses and I'll keep it close at hand in my clinical practice." --Sallie M. Foley, MSW, Professor, Graduate School of Social Work, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

"This beautifully written book will help all of us--from students to seasoned practitioners--to recognize when a youngster's behavior is signaling a need for family intervention, and to support the progress of all infants and children toward optimal growth and resiliency. It will be required reading for our trainees and will be available as a resource for all of our intervention staff." --Kathleen Baltman, MA, Parents & Children Together (PACT), Department of Sociology, Wayne State University

"This volume contributes in a very important and clear way to our understanding that a solid, thorough grasp of childhood development is crucial to appropriate clinical practice with children and their families. Davies embeds child development in a useful attachment paradigm as well as in a broad environmental context in which risk and protective factors are carefully and thoughtfully arranged. He traces the course of development in chapters that describe relevant issues and achievement in relation to age, and alternates these with chapters that illustrate the significance of that understanding to appropriate clinical practice. This helpful juxtaposition is transactionally enriching. Throughout, his clinical examples, brief and long, are compelling, intelligent, and continuously instructive." --Jeree H. Pawl, PhD, Director, Infant-Parent Program, Department of Psychiatry, San Francisco General Hospital

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Reviewer: Renee Mehlinger, MEd, MD (Rush University Medical Center)
Description: This is a book about development from infancy to middle childhood. It is arranged into two basic sections: the contexts of development and the course of child development. There is a reference section and an index.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide a foundation for practitioners who work with children by describing child development and how it can be applied to practice with children. The author meets the objectives through the presentation of theories of child development, assessment techniques, case examples, and interview strategies.
Audience: Written for practitioners who work with children, this book is a practical and theoretical guide that would benefit students and professionals in education, social work, and the mental health field. The integration of theoretical and real life applications make it a useful tool for teaching child development to pediatric and child psychiatry residents.
Features: A clear, concise, and well developed table of contents, a current reference section, and thorough index provide a well organized and thoughtful method for learning, integrating, and understanding the material. The organization also aids in the use of the book as a quick reference guide. The use of real children as case examples to illustrate developmental concepts enhances the overall quality that reinforces the learning process and consolidates theoretical information.
Assessment: This guide presents a useful, cogent, practical approach to understanding the complexities of development from infancy through childhood. The integration of theoretical, practical, and experiential knowledge provides a framework through which the interplay of family, environment, and the resiliency of the individual child can be understood.
Renee Mehlinger
This is a book about development from infancy to middle childhood. It is arranged into two basic sections: the contexts of development and the course of child development. There is a reference section and an index. The purpose is to provide a foundation for practitioners who work with children by describing child development and how it can be applied to practice with children. The author meets the objectives through the presentation of theories of child development, assessment techniques, case examples, and interview strategies. Written for practitioners who work with children, this book is a practical and theoretical guide that would benefit students and professionals in education, social work, and the mental health field. The integration of theoretical and real life applications make it a useful tool for teaching child development to pediatric and child psychiatry residents. A clear, concise, and well developed table of contents, a current reference section, and thorough index provide a well organized and thoughtful method for learning, integrating, and understanding the material. The organization also aids in the use of the book as a quick reference guide. The use of real children as case examples to illustrate developmental concepts enhances the overall quality that reinforces the learning process and consolidates theoretical information. This guide presents a useful, cogent, practical approach to understanding the complexities of development from infancy through childhood. The integration of theoretical, practical, and experiential knowledge provides a framework through which the interplay of family, environment, and the resiliency of the individual child can be understood.
Booknews
Divided by developmental stage (infant, toddler, preschool, middle childhood/school-age), this book describes normal physical and social development as well as how this theoretical and factual information can be applied in observation, assessment, and intervention. Preliminary chapters introduce the transactional model of development and describe attachment and relationships with parents and risk and protective factors as contexts that influence the course of development. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknew.com)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781572304291
  • Publisher: Guilford Publications, Inc.
  • Publication date: 2/12/1999
  • Series: Social Work Practice with Children and Families
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 412
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 9.40 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author


Douglas Davies, MSW, PhD, is Clinical/Practice Associate Professor at the School of Social Work and Lecturer in Psychiatry at the Medical School, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. He is an infant mental health specialist, and has published several articles on intervention with young children and their families. In his practice, he works with children and families, supervises clinicians, and offers consultation to mental health agencies and child care centers. He frequently presents professional workshops on practice with infants and toddlers, play therapy, treatment of child witnesses of domestic violence, and developmental approaches to child therapy.
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Table of Contents


I. Contexts of Development
Introduction: Perspectives on Development
1. Attachment as a Context of Development
2. Risk and Protective Factors: The Child, Family, and Community Contexts
3. Analysis of Risk and Protective Factors: Practice Applications
II. The Course of Child Development
Introduction: A Developmental Lens on Childhood
4. Infant Development
5. Practice with Infants
6. Toddler Development
7. Practice with Toddlers
8. Preschool Development
9. Practice with Preschoolers
10. Middle Childhood Development
11. Practice with School-Age Children
12. Conclusion: Developmental Practice and Knowledge
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