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: Psychosocial Factors

Child development: Psychosocial factors

This chapter summarises what is known or hypothesised about psychosocial human development in our earlier years. It explores, within each major framework, the potential impact of neglect and emotional abuse. The various theories can be only briefly described, therefore at the end of each section there will be guidance to additional detailed information about the theories.

Chapter Overview

  • Psychodynamic theories
  • Socio-emotional development
  • Behavioural concepts
  • Cognitive approaches

The purpose of this chapter is not to describe children's basic psychosocial development, but instead it examines the implications of neglect and emotional abuse in relation to key psychosocial developmental theories.

Psychodynamic Theories

Sigmund Freud's concepts gave momentum to the idea that childhood was more than just a rather troublesome stage that had to be ‘got through’ until the ...

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