Whether charting the emotional attachment of an infant to his or her parents and its long-term effects on well-being, media violence and adolescents' behaviour, or factors moderating the natural decline in physical and mental abilities associated with aging, the cross-disciplinary field of human development is one that captures interest among and holds practical relevance for the general public as well as academia.
The Encyclopedia of Human Development presents state-of-the-art research and ready-to-use facts from the fields of psychology, individual and family studies and education. From A to Z, 600 entries cover topics as diverse as adolescence, cognitive development, education, family, gender differences, identity, longitudinal research, personality development, prenatal development, temperament and more.
Key features and benefits include:
- cross-disciplinary coverage, with contributions from and applications to the fields of psychology, education, human development and family studies and gerontology;
- highlighting classic studies and theories and will provide brief biographies of notable researchers and theorists;
- an introduction explaining the scope, rationale and audience for this Encyclopedia;
- entries, organized A to Z, followed by a brief list of further readings and cross-references to other entries.
Whilst entries are organized in the classical A to Z format, an alternative table of contents, a `reader's guide' is organized around themes or specific topic areas that allows readers interested in specific topics to find relevant encyclopedia entries more easily.
Several `anchor essays' cover specific phases of the lifespan, for example: prenatal; infancy; childhood; adolescence; early and middle adulthood; later adulthood; and aging.
A general bibliography builds from the further reading sections of the individual entries.
Key Themes include:
Aging and Older Development
Birth and Infancy
Death and Dying
Early Childhood Development and Education
Families and Family Development
Health & Well Being
Intelligence, Ability and Aptitude
Language and Communications
Laws and Policies
Learning and Memory
Older Adulthood and Old Age
Physical and Biological Development
Race and Ethnicity
Sexuality and Sex
Social Development and Social Behavior
Social Learning Theory
Statistics, Research Methods, and Measurement
Theories and Ideas About Development