Child Development, Second Edition: A Practitioner's Guide / Edition 2

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This indispensable clinical resource and text helps readers understand the latest developmental knowledge and apply it in their work with children and families. The book begins with a framework elucidating the transactions between individual development and the child's wider environment, and emphasizing the crucial role of attachment. Key developmental processes and tasks from infancy through middle childhood are then discussed in paired chapters that respectively address how children of different ages typically feel, think, and behave, and how to intervene effectively with those who are having difficulties.

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Reviewer: Gary B Kaniuk, Psy.D.(Cermak Health Services)
Description: This book describes child development from prenatal genesis through middle childhood/preadolescence. As a practitioner's guide, it includes clinical suggestions in terms of assessment and intervention at each developmental level. Attachment theory and brain development are also discussed, along with risk and protective factors.
Purpose: According to the author, "this book describes child development and how it can be applied to practice with children." Dr. Davies continues: "My aim throughout is to demonstrate how to think developmentally in practice with children and their parents." According to the series editor, Dr. Webb, this book "covers children's growth and development from birth through preadolescence and provides alternating chapters on normal development and detailed cases examples illustrating practice with infants, toddlers, preschoolers, and school-age children." She adds: "This completely revised and updated edition is grounded in attachment theory as the foundation for the child's ongoing and future relationships." The book meets these worthy objectives.
Audience: The intended audience is beginning practitioners, according to the author, but graduate students in clinical psychology and social work would also benefit tremendously from this book. Dr. Davies is Clinical/Practice Associate Professor at the School of Social Work, University of Michigan, and is an infant mental health specialist who has published articles on intervention with children and families.
Features: The book is divided into two parts: Contexts of Development and Course of Development. It covers child development from infancy to middle childhood, using attachment theory as a framework for understanding child behavior. There are informative chapters on brain development (chapter 2) and risk and protective factors (chapters 3 and 4). Dr. Davies provides many helpful clinical examples. Chapters in Part II cover how development unfolds in each important childhood level, followed by chapters emphasizing practice issues, namely assessment and treatment. There are specific exercises that a practitioner can use in clinical work. The chapters in Part I include summaries at the end which highlight the most important material. The book is well written and easy to digest.
Assessment: I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It is well written and includes everything you would expect. In addition, it includes clinical exercises at each developmental level which you can use with child clients. The case material is extremely helpful. Dr. Davies uses attachment theory in order to understand the context of development, which adds valuable foundation to the material. He emphasizes the importance of seeing development as a transaction between biological processes and social interaction. The second edition justifies replacing the previous edition because of new research and the ongoing clinical experience of the author.
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"This is indeed a practitioner's guide to child development. Davies presents frontier understanding of the complex interactions between child and experience that underlie all developmental achievements leading to both healthy and problematic child behavior. Combining advanced academic knowledge with applications to specific child problems, the author provides both students and those already involved in clinical work and intervention efforts a clarity of vision into how developmental symptoms arise and how they can be alleviated. This text is an excellent preparation for undergraduates and graduate students interested in understanding and improving the lives of children."--Arnold J. Sameroff, PhD

"I highly recommend this second edition for courses in child development or human behavior in the social environment. Although the text provides the depth and complexity required for graduate-level students, it could easily be adapted for use with undergraduates. The author expertly integrates knowledge of human development with practice examples and strategies, helpfully organized by developmental stage. Case studies are rich in complexity and cultural diversity, and provide challenging, realistic material for discussions and assignments. In particular, I appreciated the inclusion of multiple case studies involving child maltreatment and family violence, trauma, and parental substance use--all difficult but common issues that can profoundly affect child development and practice with children and families. The underlying risk and resilience framework offers a cutting-edge perspective on child development that resonates well with social work practice philosophies. Readable, well-organized, and engaging."--Kristen Shook Slack, PhD, MSW, School of Social Work, University of Wisconsin-Madison

"No one else writes about attachment and development with the wisdom and genuineness of Douglas Davies. This second edition has retained all the graceful writing and richness of content of its predecessor, but now has an expanded scope. Included are additional cross-cultural studies and case examples, many more descriptions of normal child behavior, references to current policy, and updates in all areas of developmental research. Of great significance is a detailed, comprehensive chapter on brain development that is both knowledgeable and clear. I find this book useful both in the classroom with graduate students and in clinical practice with families. When psychological writing unfolds with such ease and candor, when the information seems to flow from one subject to the next, you know you are reading the work of a gifted writer and clinician. An exceptional text."--Sallie Foley, MSW, Graduate School of Social Work, University of Michigan

"This new edition, while specifically aimed at those in social work, contains thought-provoking material for any student of child development. The new chapter on brain development updates and extends Davies's developmental pathways conception in useful ways, and the thorough vignettes help to engage students in consideration of what development looks like in actual life."--Katheryn East, EdD, Department of Educational Psychology and Foundations, College of Education, University of Northern Iowa

"I used the previous edition of this text in a cognitive development course for psychology doctoral students. Numerous students reported that the text was a tremendous resource both professionally and personally. The chapters are concise yet deeply informative and generate great discussions, and the author has a gift for helping students stay connected and stimulated. The coverage of brain development and other new topics in the second edition will make this text even more comprehensive and useful. In addition to graduate courses, I could see using this book in undergraduate courses as well."--Valerie Correa, PsyD, LMFT, School of Professional Psychology, Pacific University

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Douglas Davies, MSW, PhD, is Clinical/Practice Associate Professor at the School of Social Work, 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, child care consultation, and developmental approaches to child therapy.
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Table of Contents


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