Socioemotional Development in the Toddler Years: Transitions and Transformationsby Celia A. Brownell
This volume explores the key developmental transitions that take place as 1- to 3-year-olds leave infancy behind and begin to develop the social and emotional knowledge, skills, and regulatory abilities of early childhood. Leading investigators examine the multiple interacting factors that lead to socioemotional competence in this pivotal period, covering both
This volume explores the key developmental transitions that take place as 1- to 3-year-olds leave infancy behind and begin to develop the social and emotional knowledge, skills, and regulatory abilities of early childhood. Leading investigators examine the multiple interacting factors that lead to socioemotional competence in this pivotal period, covering both typical and atypical development. Presented is innovative research that has yielded compelling insights into toddlers' relationships, emotions, play, communication, prosocial behavior, self-control, autonomy, and attempts to understand themselves and others. The final chapter presents a systematic framework for socioemotional assessment.
"The emotional development of the toddler is virtually unknown territory in research. Yet toddlerhood is a time of rapid and crucial emotional transitions that lay the basis for personality, education, and moral development. This superb volume from world leaders in the field provides the reader with a thorough understanding of this vast gap in our knowledge about emotion in toddlers. Developmentalists, educators, clinicians, and pediatricians alike will want this volume as a reference source and for its many intellectually provocative contributions."Joseph J. Campos, PhD, Department of Psychology, University of California, Berkeley
"Brownell and Kopp offer a unique window into a period of development that is frequently overlooked. It is clear from the range and depth of the chapters in this volume that many of the interlocking building blocks on which later development depends are emerging in the toddler years. Both experienced developmental scientists and students of development will benefit from this thorough and comprehensive examination of early emotion and social interaction processes."Marion O’Brien, PhD, Director, Family Research Center, University of North Carolina at Greensboro
"This book brings together an impressive array of contributors to document and further our understanding of the rapid transitions that occur during the toddler years. It illuminates how the development of any particular socioemotional competency occurs within the context of codeveloping systems that interact over time. This is a book with a truly developmental perspective, in terms of both intrapersonal and interpersonal processes that shape behavior, feelings, and thought."Joan Stevenson-Hinde, ScD, Department of Zoology, University of Cambridge, UK
"This first comprehensive volume on socioemotional development during toddlerhood, with its eminent cast of internationally acclaimed contributors, is an extraordinary gift to the field. The book’s clarifying, holistic vision of the toddler years, cutting-edge scholarship, expansive coverage, and readability make it an indispensable treasure trove of knowledge for researchers, teachers of early childhood courses, graduate students desiring to deepen their understanding of this vital period of change, and clinicians focusing on early prevention and treatment of developmental problems. A superbly conceived and edited text!"Laura E. Berk, PhD, Distinguished Professor of Psychology, Illinois State University
"Will give the reader a new appreciation for toddler accomplishments....Valuable overall for understanding the 'terrible twos.'...Recommended. Uppder-division undergraduates through faculty and professionals."--Choice
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Meet the Author
Celia A. Brownell, PhD, is Associate Professor of Psychology at the University of Pittsburgh, where she directs the Early Social Development Laboratory and has served as Chair of the Developmental Psychology Graduate Training Program and as Director of Graduate Studies. She has been a coinvestigator on the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development Study of Early Child Care and Youth Development since its inception in 1990. Dr. Brownell is an associate editor of Infancy, the official journal of the International Society on Infant Studies. She has conducted research on social development of infants and toddlers for over 25 years. Claire B. Kopp, PhD, is a developmental psychologist whose research interests focus primarily on the social and emotional development of young children, with particular emphasis on the development of regulatory processes. Her writings have also addressed biosocial risk factors that adversely influence children’s development. Dr. Kopp has published widely in these areas, with research funded by both federal and private agencies. She taught at the University of California, Los Angeles, and Claremont Graduate University. Dr. Kopp is a frequent reviewer for developmental, psychological, and pediatric journals. She is a source of developmental information for parenting magazines, and her book for parents, Baby Steps: A Guide to Your Child’s Social, Physical, Mental, and Emotional Development in the First Two Years, is in its second edition. Dr. Kopp also consults with public and private agencies on early development.
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