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Via 100 entries, 21st Century Psychology: A Reference Handbook highlights the most important topics, issues, questions, and debates any student obtaining a degree in the field of psychology ought to have mastered for effectiveness in the 21st century. This two-volume reference resource, available both in print and online, provides an authoritative source to serve students’ research needs with more detailed information than encyclopedia entries but without the jargon, detail, or density found in a typical journal article or a research handbook chapter. Students will find chapters contained within these volumes useful as aids toward starting research for papers, presentations, or a senior thesis, assisting in deciding on areas for elective coursework or directions for graduate studies, or orienting themselves toward potential career directions in psychology.

Autism
Autism

Janet is a three-year-old girl who lives with her parents in a suburban neighborhood. Janet's mother is a full-time homemaker who spends much of her time caring for her daughter. Janet spends hours daily staring into the air, oftentimes seeming to poke or grab at dust particles in the air, rocking back and forth in a sitting position on the floor, and repeatedly saying phrases from television commentary. Janet does not make eye contact, communicate with spoken language, or seek cuddling with her mother, though she does take her mother's hand to lead her when she wants juice from the refrigerator. Janet rarely plays with toys her parents offer, other than lining the blocks or toys up in an arrangement and resisting with extreme ...

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