Human Growth and Development

Human Growth and Development

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By (author) Chris Beckett, By (author) Hilary Taylor

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  • Publisher: Sage Publications Ltd
  • Format: Paperback | 232 pages
  • Dimensions: 186mm x 228mm x 14mm | 440g
  • Publication date: 17 March 2010
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 1847871798
  • ISBN 13: 9781847871794
  • Edition: 2, Revised
  • Edition statement: 2nd Revised edition
  • Illustrations note: black & white line drawings, figures
  • Sales rank: 40,744

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"Human Growth and Development, Second Edition" is a bestselling introduction to emotional, psychological, intellectual and social development throughout the lifespan. Written for students training in fields such as Social Work, Healthcare and Education, the book covers topics which are central to understanding people whether they are clients, service users, patients or pupils. Each chapter outlines theories that explain development at different stages of life and the transitions we make between childhood, adolescence, adulthood and old age. For this second edition, a new chapter has been added (Chapter 10: It Takes a Village: the Sociological Perspective) exploring the wider social factors which influence human growth and development. Activities are provided within each chapter to help student test theoretical concepts against their own experience and intuitions. Combining theoretical concepts and reflective learning, "Human Growth & Development, Second Edition" is the ideal introduction to psychosocial development for students on a wide range of professional courses.

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Chris Beckett qualified as a social worker in the 1980s, and worked in the field for 18 years, first as a social worker and then as a manager, latterly as the manager of a children and families social work team. Like most social workers who qualified at that time, he started out as a 'generic' social worker, working with a range of service users including children and families, old people, and people with mental health problems and disabilities, but his predominant area of work was always with children and families. He moved into academic social work in 2000, working first at Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge and then at the University of East Anglia in Norwich. In addition to his social work text books, he has published academic articles on a variety of topics including the use of military language in social work, the importance of realism as an ethical principle, and statistics from Sweden about child abuse, following the legal ban there on corporal punishment. His main research area has been decision-making in court proceedings about children, and decision-making about children more generally. Chris has a parallel career as a writer of literary science fiction, and has achieved some acclaim in this field. He won the Edge Hill Short Fiction prize for his story collection, The Turing Test, and the Arthur C. Clarke award for his novel Dark Eden. He now divides his time between his academic career and his fiction writing. More information about his fiction can be found at www.chris-beckett.com. His view is that 'academic' and 'creative' writing have more in common than might at first sight appear: in both cases the author begins with a jumble of ideas that seem to him to be in some way linked together, and attempts, in large part by a combination of intuition and trial and error, to impose some shape and structure. Chris has three adult children, and lives in Cambridge with his wife Maggie and sundry animals.

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"An excellent text. Engages the reader and presents seminal theory in an easy to grasp format which I have found invaluable when teaching undergraduate nursing students." - Maureen Campbell, School of Nursing and Midwifery, University of Dundee "This second edition provides a wide-ranging and insightful analysis to psycho-social development across the lifespan. Highly recommended." Dawn Judd, Senior Lecturer in Social Work, University of Central Lancashire "One of the great strengths of Beckett's writing is that his style is accessible to new undergraduates and he makes sure that complex material is summarised in a way that enables students to understand difficult issues." - Jacqueline Hughes, University of Huddersfield "This is an excellent read. An impressive array of theoretical underpinnings applied to contemporary practice. Indeed a recommended read for students across the health and social care professions." - Michelle Davies, Academic Leader-Inter-Professional Practice (Social Work & Youth Work), University of Wales, Newport "This book is a pleasure to read...the book will helpfully guide students at a range of levels to understand the critical stages of Human Development and apply theory to practice." - Mohammed Jakhara, Assistant Head of Subject, Applied Social & Community Studies, University of Derby

Table of contents

The Birth of a Human Being: What Makes Us Who We Are? The Balancing Act: Psychodynamic Insights A Secure Base: The Importance of Attachment The Emergence of Reason: The Developing Ability to Understand Making Connections: Ideas from Behaviourism Who Am I Going to Be? Adolescence, Identity and Change Acting Like a Grown-up: Challenges of Adulthood No Man Is an Island: Family Systems and Their Life Cycle Access to Adulthood: Growing up with a Disability It Takes a Village: The Sociological Perspective Coming to a Conclusion: Themes in Old Age That Good Night: Death, Dying and Bereavement