In Child Development: Myths and Misunderstanding Second Editions, Jean Mercer uses intriguing vignettes and questions about children and families to guide readers in thinking critically about 59 common beliefs. Each essay confronts commonly held misconceptions about development, encouraging students to think like social scientists and to become better consumers of media messages and anecdotal stories. The book can be assigned to parallel either chronologically or topically organized child development texts. Features and Benefits: Presents 59 short essays about child development that challenge readers to reconsider their pre-conceived notions 14 new essays in the second edition confront topics like language acquisition, adoption, discipline, and nature versus nurture. Includes carefully developed critical thinking questions at the end of each essayOffers examples of research to help students make the connection between research designs and conclusions Intrigues and engages students with the theme of dispelling myths and misconceptions and challenges them to find out if their own beliefs are correct or incorrect.

“Crack Babies” can't be Cured and will Always have Serious Problems

“Crack Babies” can't be Cured and will Always have Serious Problems
“Crack babies” can't be cured and will always have serious problems

Maria and Ric's children had grown up and were on their own, and the couple began to think about becoming foster parents. They were aware that many children had parents who could not take care of them but did not want them to be adopted. Social service workers told Maria and Ric about a baby whose mother was in prison on drug charges but hoped to get her family back together when she was released. Maria and Ric were enthusiastic, but then Ric thought of something. “What kinds of drugs did the mother do?” he asked. “Is this a crack baby? If it is, ...

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