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Childhood Social Development: The Essential Readings

Wendy Craig (Editor)
ISBN: 978-0-631-21741-1
388 pages
April 2000, ©2000, Wiley-Blackwell
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Childhood Social Development: The Essential Readings provides students with a selection of some of the key articles by key researchers in this core area of developmental psychology.
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Table of Contents


Introduction: What is Social Development: Craig, W. M.

Part I: Social Relationships:.

1. Attachments: Infant-Mother Attachement: Ainsworth, M. D. S.

2. Parenting: Supportive Parenting, Ecological Context, and children's Adjustment: A Seven Year Longitudinal Study: Pettit, B. S. Bates, J.E & Dodge, K. A.

3. Friendships: The Company They Keep: Friendships and Their Developmental Significance: Hartup, W.

4. Peer Relations Preadolescent Friendship and Peer Rejection as Predictors of Adult Adjustment: Bagwell, C.L., Newcomb, A. F., & Bukowski, W. M.

Part II: The School Context:.

5. Bullying and Victimization: Observations of Bullying and Victimization on the Schoolyard: Craig, W. & Pepler, D. J.

6. Friendship and School Adjustment: Friendship Quality as a Predictor of Young Children's Early School Adjustment: Ladd, G., Kochenderfer, B. & Coleman, B.

7. Extracurricular Activities: Do Extra Curricular Activities Protect Against Early School Drop Out?: Mahoney, J. L. & Cairns, R. B.

Part III: Gender Identity, The Self, and Moral Development:.

8. Gender Differences: Gender and Relationships: Maccoby, E. E.

9. Self Concept: Structure, Stability, and Development of Young Children's Self Concepts: A Multicohort Multioccasion Study: Marsh, H. W., Craven, R., & Debus, R.

10. Moral Reasoning: Children's Reasoning about Interpersonal and Moral Conflicts: Smetana, J. G. Killen, M. & Turiel, E.

Part IV: Aggression:.

11. Forms of Aggression: Engagement in Gender Normative Versus Nonnormative Forms of Agression: Links to Social-Psychological Adjustment: Crick, N. R.

12. Development of Antisocial Behavior: A Developmental Perspective on Antisocial Behaviour: Patterson, G. R., Debaryshe, B. & Ramsey, E.

13. Prevention of Conduct Disorders: The Role of Social Context in The Prevention of Conduct Disorder: Coie, J. D. & Jacobs, M. R.


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Author Information

Peter K. Smith is Professor of Psychology and Head of the Unit for School and Family Studies at Goldsmith's College, University of London. He is co-author of the leading textbook 'Understanding Children's Development' (Third Edition, Blackwell Publishers, 1998), among many other books and articles.

Craig H. Hart (Ph.D., Purdue University, 1987)is Professor and Chair of the Marriage, Family, and Human Development department at Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah. He has co-authored 50 scientific papers and three edited volumes on children's social development and early childhood education practices. He is associate editor of Early Childhood Research Quarterly.

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The Wiley Advantage

  • Childhood Social Development introduces students to this exciting and growing field of developmental psychology.

  • Each of the articles has been chosen to reflect the dynamic, changing nature of the subject and the diversity of research and thinking within the area of social development, together with its accessibility to students at all levels.

  • Written by leading researchers such as Willard Hartup, Eleanor Maccoby, and Gary Ladd, the articles are both introduced and contextualized by the editor.

  • Suggestions for further reading give students an ideal starting point for exploration of the key topics in childhood social development.
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"This book provides a useful introduction to current themes in social development research. It will provide relevant background material for anyone interested in finding ways to promote social and emotional intelligence in children." Claire Chapman, Brighton and Hove, Educational Psychology in Practice, Vol. 16, No. 4, 2000, p.497-8.
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