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.

Teenage Boys and Girls should have the Same Level of Fat in their Bodies, about 10%

Teenage Boys and Girls should have the Same Level of Fat in their Bodies, about 10%
Teenage boys and girls should have the same level of fat in their bodies, about 10%

Sixteen-year-old Amy and Julia went together to a gym that had recently opened in their part of town. One of the gym's specialties was calculation of body characteristics such as muscle mass and fat content. Both girls were horrified to find that they had fat levels far above that of their friend Jake, who went with them. Jake's fat level was calculated at about 11%, Amy's at 23%, and Julia's at 24%. Jake was determined to get rid of some of his body fat by lifting weights and dieting. Amy said, “I feel like ...

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