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.

When a Child is Mentally Ill, any Psychological Treatment is Better than no Treatment

When a Child is Mentally Ill, any Psychological Treatment is Better than no Treatment
When a child is mentally ill, any psychological treatment is better than no treatment

Eight-year-old Kevin's mother, Marcia, was worried about her son's mental health and was telling her friend Lupe about the situation. “I'm afraid he really might be crazy,” she confided. “I keep finding him playing with matches. The cat won't let him near her—like he's been doing things to her that I don't know about. The other day I heard him talking, like he was talking to somebody, but when I went to look there was nobody else there.” Lupe put in her contribution: “I know your family doesn't like to mention this, but there was that uncle of ...

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