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Human Growth and Development

Human Growth and Development

Fourth Edition
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March 2019 | 296 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
Written for students training for careers in the helping professions, this Fourth Edition covers all the essential topics central to understanding people whether they are clients, service users, patients or pupils. Following the shape of a human life, beginning with birth and ending with death, it combines theoretical concepts and reflective learning to help your students develop an understanding of what makes us grow and change over our lives.

The NEW Online Case Study Resource - Tangled Webs
Now you and your students can explore key issues and themes raised in the book and develop the skill of linking theory to practice with free access to a new online case study resource. By following the lives of people living in the fictional London Borough of Bexford, this series of interlinked and extended case studies will allow your students to explore complex situations, much as they might do as practitioners in their working lives, and consider what ideas about Human Growth and Development might inform their thinking and practice. 
Chapter 1: The Birth of a Human Being: What makes us who we are?
Chapter 2: The Balancing Act: Psychodynamic insights
Chapter 3: A Secure Base: The importance of attachment
Chapter 4: The Emergence of Reason: The developing ability to understand
Chapter 5: Making Connections: Ideas from behaviourism
Chapter 6: Who Am I Going to Be? Adolescence, identity and change
Chapter 7: Acting like a Grown-up: Challenges of adulthood
Chapter 8: Access to Adulthood: Growing up with a disability
Chapter 9: No Man is an Island: Family systems and their life cycle
Chapter 10: It Takes a Village: A sociological perspective
Chapter 11: Coming to a Conclusion: Dimensions of old age
Chapter 12: That Good Night: Death, dying and bereavement

Despite being from another discipline, the text is rich with applicable theories that can be applied to students' research areas.

Dr Olumide Henrie Benedict
Accounting, Cape Peninsula University of Technology
October 22, 2019

Very informative and a good basis to start researching growth and development

Mrs Noelle Wilson
Health , Social Care & Science, Hull College
June 3, 2020

The 4th edition keeps the accessibility and captivation of the previous editions while broadening and updating the examples and application of both traditional and newer developmental research theory. I recommend this for people re-engaging with human development as well as those new to the topic area.

Dr Simone Coetzee
Department of Health & Human Sciences, Essex University
April 8, 2019

Chris Beckett

Chris Beckett studied Psychology at Bristol University and qualified as a social worker at Bangor, North Wales, in 1980, going on to work for eighteen years as a social worker and social work manager, and then for fifteen years as a social work lecturer at Anglia Ruskin University and the University of East Anglia. He has had a parallel career for some time as a writer of fiction and is now a full-time writer. His novel, Dark Eden was the winner of the Arthur C. Clarke award for 2012. More About Author

Hilary Taylor

Hilary Taylor trained as a social worker after studying English at Oxford University, qualifying in 1973. At the beginning of her career she worked with all service user groups, and later in adult social care, mental health, group therapy and family mediation. She then moved into social work training and education, teaching at Anglia Ruskin University for nine years and also working as an independent practice teacher. She also trained as a psychoanalytic psychotherapist, and now has a private counselling and psychotherapy practice. More About Author