Blackwell Handbook of Childhood Social Development

Blackwell Handbook of Childhood Social Development

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This Handbook provides an authoritative and up-to-date overview of research and theory about social development in children from pre-school age to the onset of adolescence.* Forms part of a series of four Blackwell Handbooks in Developmental Psychology spanning infancy to adolescence.* Contributors come from Australia, Belgium, Canada, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, the UK and the US.* Covers all the major topics in research and theory about childhood social development.* Synthesises the latest research findings in an accessible manner.* Now available in full text online via xreferplus, the award-winning reference library on the web from xrefer. For more information, visit
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  • Paperback | 688 pages
  • 172 x 242 x 52mm | 1,161.19g
  • Blackwell Publishing Ltd
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0631217533
  • 9780631217534
  • 1,413,762

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This volume provides an authoritative and up-to-date overview of research and theory in childhood social development from preschool age to the onset of adolescence. Chapters are contributed by experts in the field from Australasia, Europe, and North America and cover 30 topics currently of importance in the field, in terms of research, applied research, and policy.
The "Handbook" starts with an historical overview and follows with major sections. The first focuses on a variety of disciplinary perspectives. Following sections address influences on development, the family context, the peer group, social skills and social cognition, play, helping and moral reasoning, as well as cooperation, competition, aggression, and bullying. These, in addition to the final section on children with special needs, make this volume appropriate for practitioners who deal with children as well as for college and university teachers, researchers, and advanced undergraduate and graduate students. Each chapter summarizes existing knowledge in the field, synthesizing the latest research in an accessible manner, whilst also highlighting areas of growing debate. Integration and coherence are provided by editorial commentaries prefacing each section.
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"a set of carefully packed, tightly condensed springs which offer the reader jumping-off points and signposts to further work. Certainly it is a book for reference and to spend time with." (Terence Gaussen, Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, January 2004)
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About Peter K. Smith

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

Part I: Historical Overview:. 1. Historical Perspectives on Contemporary Research in Social Development: W. Andrew Collins(University of Minnesota). Part II: Influences on Development: Disciplinary Views:. 2. Behavioural Genetics, Shared and Nonshared Environment: Alison Pike (University of Surrey). 3. Evolutionary Perspectives on Social Development: David Bjorklund (Florida Atlantic University) and Anthony Pellegrini (University of Minnesota). 4. Cultural and Social Development: Explanations and Evidence: Sara Harkness (University of Connecticut). 5. A Sociological Approach to Childhood Development: Chris Jenks (Goldsmiths College). Part III: Influences on Development: Causal Factors:. 6. Temperament and Social Development: Ann Sanson (Australia Institute of Family Studies), Diana Smart and Sheryl Hemphill (both University of Melbourne). 7. Sex Differences in Social Development: Susan Golombok and Melissa Hines(both City University, London). 8. Child Care and Early Child-Teacher Relationship Linkages to Children's Social Development: Carollee Howes and Jolena James (both University of California, Los Angeles). 9. Family-Peer Influences: Relative Contributions; Ross Parke, Sandra Simpkins, David McDowell, Mina Kim, Colleen Killian, Jessica Dennis, Mary L. Flyr, Margaret Wild, and Yumee Rah (all University of California, Riverside). Part IV: The Family Context:. 10. Attachment in Childhood: Joan Stevenson-Hinde (University of Cambridge) and Karine Verscheuren (Catholic University Leuven). 11. Parent-Child Relationships: Alan Russell (Flinders University of South Australia), Jacqueline Mize (Auburn University) and Kerry Bissaker (Flinders University of South Australia). 12. Sibling Relationships: Judy Dunn (Institute of Psychiatry, University of London). 13. Children's Social Development in Different Family Contexts: Dale Hay (Cardiff University) and Alison Nash (State University of New York, New Platz). Part V: The Peer Group:. 14. Peer Acceptance/Rejection: Shelley Hymel (University of British Columbia), Patricia McDougall (University of Saskatchewan) and Peter Renshaw (University of Queensland). 15. Friends and Enemies: Willard W. Hartup and Maurissa Abecassis (both University of Minnesota). 16. Emotional Development and Social Behaviour: Susanne A. Denham (George Mason University), Maria von Salisch (Freie Universitat Berlin), Tjeert Olthof (Utrecht University), Anita Kochanoff and Sarah Caverly (both George Mason University). 17. Shyness and Withdrawal: Kenneth H. Rubin, Kim Burgess (both University of Maryland) and Rob Coplan (Carleton University). Part VI: Social Skills and Social Cognition:. 18. Social Skills and Interpersonal Perception: Antonius H. N. Cillessen and Amy D. Bellmore (University of Connecticut). 19. Social Cognition: Charlie Lewis (University of Lancaster) and Jeremy Carpendale (Simon Fraser University). 20. School Adjustment and Social Skills Training: Gary Ladd, Eric Buhs and Wendy Troop (all University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign). Part VII: Play:. 21. Understanding Young Children's Pretend Play in Context: Artin Goncu, Michelle B Patt and Emily Kouba (all University of Illinois, Chicago). 22. Rough-and-Tumble Play from Childhood Through Adolescence: Development and Possible Functions: Anthony Pellegrini (University of Minnesota). Part VIII: Helping and Moral Reasoning:. 23. Prosocial and Helping Behaviour: Joan Grusec, Maayan Davidov and Leah Lundell (all University of Toronto). 24. Moral Reasoning and Social Development: Charles Helwig (University of Toronto) and Elliot Turiel (University of California, Berkeley). 25. Children's Understanding of Society:Martyn Barrett and Eithne Buchanan-Barrow (both University of Surrey). Part IX: Cooperation, Competition, Aggression and Bullying:. 26. Cooperation and Competition: Jacques Richard (University of Ottawa), Ada Fonzi, Franca Tani, Fulvio Tassi, Giovanni Tomada (all University of Florence) and Barry Schneider (University of Ottawa). 27. Sticks and Stones and Social Exclusion: Aggression Among Girls and Boys: Marion Underwood (University of Texas, Dallas). 28. Bullying in Childhood: Ken Rigby (University of South Australia). Part X: Children with Special Needs:. 29. Social Development in Children with Special Needs: Karen E. Diamond (Purdue University). 30. Social Development and Language/Hearing Disorders: Martin Fujiki and Bonnie Brinton (both Brigham Young University)
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