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.

Parents who were Abused as Children are Likely to Abuse their Own Children

Parents who were Abused as Children are Likely to Abuse their Own Children
Parents who were abused as children are likely to abuse their own children

Tamika and Brian had a little boy, Jared, who was about a year old. They had never married but were discussing whether and when they should take that step. A lot of the hesitation came from their desire to save up and plan a really fine wedding, but there were other issues too. Tamika worried that Brian was impatient with Jared and realized that if she wanted to break off with Brian, getting married would only make the situation more difficult to handle. Tamika confided her concerns to an older neighbor, Martha, who had known her and Brian since childhood. ...

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