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Social Development

August 2010, ©2011
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Social Development, First Edition offers students a fresh and unique set of perspectives on social development. Both students and instructors will find this text to be comprehensive, scholarly, engaging, and include up-to-date treatment of theoretical insights and empirical findings in the field of social development.

Throughout Social Development, authors Ross D. Parke & Alison Clarke-Stewart highlight cultural variations from around the world and within our own society. They emphasize the biological underpinnings within the field of social development in a separate chapter (Chapter 3), and present discussion of research on the cutting edge of the field to capture the excitement of recent advances in this area.

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Table of Contents


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.



Author Index.

Subject Index.

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New To This Edition

  • An emphasis on cultural diversity: Each chapter illustrates cultural variations both in the text and in highlighted sections that provide a more detailed examination of a particular culture or cultural issue.
  • An emphasis on biological underpinnings: In the last decade, there has been increased recognition that to understand social development, it is necessary to probe its biological underpinnings. This text devotes a separate chapter to biological influences on social development, and also introduces biological factors in discussions of specific aspects of social development throughout the book.
  • Concern with Social Policy: Every year governments spend millions of dollars on programs for children.  Parke & Stewart-Clarke review many of these policies and programs aimed at improving the social lives of children, underscoring the fact that there is a constant interplay between basic research and social policy for children.
  • Throughout the book there are eight highlighted sections addressing contemporary themes and interesting issues in social development. 
    • “Into Adulthood” sections largely focuse on social development in infancy, childhood, and adolescence. However, because social development does not stop there, these highlights illustrate:
      • how social behavior changes in adulthood,
      • how adult social behavior is influenced by earlier events in childhood, and
      • how adolescents manage the transition to adulthood.
    • “Research Up Close looks at a single study or set of studies in detail to provide students with a fuller appreciation of the methodological complexities of research on social development.
    • “Real World Application sections provide examples of how basic science is translated into real-world applications - such as new ways of controlling violence, school programs for improving children’s social skills, and consequences of cyberbullying.  
    • “Cultural Contexts sections identify descriptions of differences and similarities in children’s temperaments, attachment relationships, and self-concepts around the globe.
    • “Bet You Thought That…” challenges the readers’ assumptions about how social development works by providing counter-intuitive illustrations.
    • “Insights from Extremes shows how extreme cases have led to insights about social development.
    • “Learning from Living Leaders puts a face on researchers in the field and shows readers some of the paths that lead to becoming a research leader.
    • “At the Movies sections describe recent movies that illuminate important themes in each chapter; for example, Juno, an atypical example of teen pregnancy, Mean Girls, an illustration of relational aggression in high school, and Gone Baby Gone, a demonstration of different levels of moral reasoning.


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Instructor’s Manual
Written by Susan Perez, University of North Florida. This instructor’s manual includes chapter outlines, learning objectives, key terms, classroom discussions, student activities, handouts and more. This resource can be found on the Instructor's Companion Site.
Written by Susan Perez, University of North Florida, the Instructor PowerPoint slides contain lecture outlines, figures, and key points from the book and can be found on the Instructor's Companion Site.
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