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.
Adolescence is an Emotionally Dangerous Time when Teenagers are Likely to Attempt or Commit Suicide
Fifteen-year-old Elena and her parents were very disturbed by a series of events at Elena's school. A student in the senior class had been found hanged, and the conclusion was that he had committed suicide. The school called in professional grief counselors and had several meetings for students and parents, in which they discussed some symptoms of depression and suicidal thinking and cautioned parents that some imitations of the suicidal act might occur. When Elena's parents discussed the situation later that night, her mother said, “I'm so scared about this. We've always done everything to protect ...