Socioemotional Development in the Toddler Years: Transitions and Transformations

Socioemotional Development in the Toddler Years: Transitions and Transformations

by Celia A. Brownell
     
 

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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

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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.

Editorial Reviews

Journal of the Canadian Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
"This rich, detailed, well referenced book is of interest in its entirety to graduate students, academics, and researchers. The busy clinician is likely to use it as a reference book, or dip into several chapters to find descriptions and theories about the astoundingly complex, rapid, and inter-related development in the toddler period."
PsycCRITIQUES
"Instructors in advanced seminars in development should find this book an attractive text....This is an excellent book. The authors collectively make a convincing case for the importance of toddlerhood in social and emotional development. The book provides a theoretically rich description of these children and what is on their minds."
Infant and Child Development
"This comprehensive book is highly recommended to graduate-level students, infant mental health professionals, and others from allied professions who seek to gain an in-depth understanding of social and emotional development during toddlerhood."
Choice Reviews
"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 Reviews

From the Publisher
"A 'must read.' Brownell and Kopp have assembled an international 'who's who' of eminent researchers to review such topics as the emerging self-system, self-regulatory processes, altruism and empathy, pretend play and peer interactions, and social communication. Of special interest are contributions on early toddler atypicality. This would be an excellent text for graduate-level seminars in early social, emotional, and personality development."—Kenneth H. Rubin, PhD, Director, Center for Children, Relationships, and Culture, Department of Human Development, University of Maryland

"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

Choice

"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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781606239476
Publisher:
Guilford Publications, Inc.
Publication date:
06/03/2010
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
497
File size:
3 MB

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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