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.

If a Child's Problem is Genetically Caused, the Problem will be Present at Birth and will Stay the Same throughout Life

If a Child's Problem is Genetically Caused, the Problem will be Present at Birth and will Stay the Same throughout Life
If a child's problem is genetically caused, the problem will be present at birth and will stay the same throughout life

Tom and Cara McDonald have been worried that their children may be at risk for genetic problems. Cara McDonald's grandmother had several miscarriages, and several of her other babies died in infancy. Cara's own mother had no problems, but an aunt had a child who died young. When little Jack McDonald is born in blooming health, the McDonalds relax and forget about their earlier worries.

Are genetic problems present at birth and in the same form throughout a person's lifetime? Or can a genetic problem ...

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