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.

Mothers Care for their Babies well because they have a Maternal Instinct

Mothers Care for their Babies well because they have a Maternal Instinct
Mothers care for their babies well because they have a maternal instinct

Joan's mother was worried when Joan became pregnant with her first child. “She's never even played with baby dolls. She doesn't take any interest in her brother's new baby. How is she going to take care of this child when it comes?”

“Don't worry,” replied her friend. “Joan has a maternal instinct like anybody else. As soon as the baby is born, she'll know what to do.”

Was the friend right, or should Joan's mother be concerned?

Our first step in analyzing this claim is to deal with definitions. The word instinct is one whose technical meaning has shifted over the years, as well as ...

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