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.

Violent Television Programs and Video Games Cause Increased Aggressive Behavior
Violent television programs and video games cause increased aggressive behavior

Fourteen-year-old Jared and his younger brother Jimmy were “addicted” to violent TV programs. They had a television set in their bedroom, and it emitted a constant roar of bangs, booms, shrieks, shouts, and emergency sirens. Their parents often told them to switch programs or at least turn the volume down, but Jared and Jimmy begged, whined, and sulked until they were allowed to watch what they wanted, as loud as they wanted. But their mother was worried because the boys seemed so explosive in some ways, especially if their favorite teams lost a game. This problem became apparent when Jared reached his teen years. Their neighbor—who ...

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