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.

Adopted Children have Many more Problems of Social and Emotional Development than do Nonadopted Children

Adopted Children have Many more Problems of Social and Emotional Development than do Nonadopted Children
Adopted children have many more problems of social and emotional development than do nonadopted children

Sixteen-year-old Jazzmin was delighted when a new neighbor asked her to babysit 8-year-old Terence one weekend. Terence seemed like a nice enough kid, and Jazzmin definitely needed some money for prom expenses. Jazzmin was very surprised when her mother hesitated about the job. “But Mom—they live right down the street! What could happen? And I really really need some money to get my nails done!” Jazzmin's mother said, “You're young yet. Maybe you don't understand this. I heard that that boy is adopted … adopted kids can really have problems. Some people even say they can ...

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