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Child Development

Child development


Child development is a central concept within psychology for understanding change during the early years of life. It is rooted in a biological view that sees these years in terms of maturational stages from babyhood through to adulthood.


Child development theories see the early years as laying the foundation for adult life. In European and New World societies, developmental perspectives have arguably become the dominant paradigm for thinking about children. Children are understood as being different from adults, and as having specific needs. Because care of children is central to understandings of family life, and carries a moral evaluation of individuals as parents, how children's needs are understood has significant implications for families and for social policies concerned with family lives and parenting. From ...

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