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.

Children are more Likely to become Delinquent if their Fathers are Absent or Uninvolved

Children are more Likely to become Delinquent if their Fathers are Absent or Uninvolved
Children are more likely to become delinquent if their fathers are absent or uninvolved

Marta and Jack had struggled with each other throughout their marriage. Now, with their children, Sean and Kylie, 12 and 9 years old, Marta feels that divorce is inevitable. Jack is drinking heavily, and Marta sometimes joins him. Domestic violence between the parents is occurring more frequently, and the children were once so frightened that they called the police even though they knew they would be punished. One day, Marta told her mother that she was going to see a lawyer and start divorce proceedings. “Oh, honey, I wouldn't do that,” her mother commented. “How are you going ...

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