NEW TO THIS EDITION: A revised introduction contains new material about examining evidence for a belief. 18 new claims discuss areas of current concern with enhanced material on adolescence. New topics cover issues of adolescent sexuality both for heterosexual young people and for the LGBT population, depression and suicidality, care issues like co-sleeping, cross-cultural differences in child-rearing, and more. KEY FEATURES: A unique focus on inquiry and examination encourages students to think like social scientists and to become better consumers of media messages and anecdotal stories. Critical thinking questions focus on ways to find additional information relevant to accepting or rejecting a statement about children’s development. A flexible organization makes the book an ideal supplement to either chronologically or topically organized child/adolescent development texts.