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This new text provides psychologists with a comprehensive, scholarly, engaging, and up-to-date treatment of theoretical insights and empirical findings in the field of social development. It conveys the excitement of recent advances along with the accumulated knowledge that forms the basis of the field. The Research Up Close feature examines a single study or set of studies in more detail to provide them with a fuller appreciation of the methodological complexities of research. Examples are presented on how basic science is translated into real-world applications. Cultural Context sections demonstrate how culture shapes the behaviors and beliefs of children and adults. Psychologists will also gain a better understanding of cultural variation, both among societies around the world and within our own society.
Part I Theories, Themes, and Tools for Discovery.
Chapter 1 Introduction: Theories of Social Development.
Chapter 2 Research Methods: Tools for Discovery.
Part II Early Tasks of Social Development.
Chapter 3 Biological Foundations: Genes, Temperament, and More.
Chapter 4 Attachment: Learning to Love.
Chapter 5 Emotions: Thoughts about Feelings.
Chapter 6 Self and Other: Getting to Know Me, Getting to Know You.
Part III Contexts of Social Development.
Chapter 7 Family: Early and Enduring Influences.
Chapter 8 Peers: The Wider World of Social Development.
Chapter 9 Schools and Media: Children in an Electronic Age.
Part IV Processes and Products of Social Development.
Chapter 10 Sex and Gender: Vive la Différence?
Chapter 11 Morality: Knowing Right, Doing Good.
Chapter 12 Aggression: Insult and Injury.
Part V Policy and Prospects.
Chapter 13 Policy: Improving Children's Lives.
Chapter 14 Overarching Themes: Integrating Social Development.