This will be a key new text for modules on Children and Families on the qualifying Social Work degree, and on PQ courses in this area, and should also be used on Assessment & Intervention modules. It will also have wider appeal across Health and Social Care and on the new EYPS programmes – the market is wide ranging.

Child Development: Physical and Physiological Factors

Child development: Physical and physiological factors

In line with the child's cosmos and our adaption of Maslow's model, described in Chapter 1, we explore the impact of neglect and emotional abuse on children's physical and physiological development (although the various conditions can only be briefly outlined).

Chapter Overview

  • Physical and physiological determinants of development
  • The developing brain
  • Physiological consequences of chronic stress
  • The impact of parental substance misuse
  • Nutritional issues
  • Physical safety
  • Hygiene

The purpose of this chapter is not to describe children's basic physical development – this is helpfully covered in works such as those by Meggitt (2006) and Sheridan et al. (2008). Instead, this chapter examines the impact of neglect and emotional abuse on their physical and physiological development.

Physical and Physiological Determinants of Development

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