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 is Sexually Molested, he or she will Probably Repress the Memory

If a Child is Sexually Molested, he or she will Probably Repress the Memory
If a child is sexually molested, he or she will probably repress the memory

Becky and Imani were discussing an unfortunate incident at the school their children both attended. A young male teacher had been accused of inappropriately touching a boy in the same fourth-grade class as Imani's son Jake. Imani said she had questioned Jake closely, but he said nothing had happened to him—in fact, he didn't remember ever having talked to the teacher. Becky argued that Jake's not remembering could indicate that something so serious had taken place that he had responded by repressing the memory. “You should take him to a therapist and see if they can recover the ...

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