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Introducing Child Psychology by H. Rudolph Schaffer


Introducing Child Psychology by H. Rudolph Schaffer

Introducing Child Psychology is for all those who want to find out what psychology can tell us about the nature and development of children. Assuming no prior knowledge, it is designed to suit students of psychology at school or university, those training to work with children in a variety of different professional roles, or general readers who are interested in what makes a child 'tick'. The book begins with an explanation of the aims and principles of child psychology as a scientific discipline, and describes the methods used to obtain knowledge about children. It then goes on to present the major topics of development that have been investigated by psychologists, paying particular attention to the most recent research findings. Throughout, psychological knowledge is consistently related to practical issues, showing what psychology has to offer in real-life situations involving children.


This is a splendid book - written with great clarity, it presents the core issues, ideas and evidence on the development of children, and captures the excitement of recent research. It raises the key questions that make the study of children so exciting, and is always judicious in its weighing of the evidence to answer them. A wonderful book - accessible, enjoyable, and wise - to be recommended for students at all levels and for teachers. Judy Dunn, Institute of Psychiatry, London

This book provides an engaging, detailed and informative introduction to child psychology. Whilst obviously scholarly, the book is eminently accessible and readers should have no trouble in appreciating the different approaches to child psychology or in getting to grips with some of the more difficult concepts. The author himself states that children are fascinating and important and this is obvious throughout the text. Each chapter explores a specific area allowing the reader to develop real insight into the world of children. The judicious use of text boxes and insets helps clarify specific issues and points. This comprehensive book should prove to be indispensable to all readers who want to work with and understand children. Bernie Carter, Professor of Children's Nursing, University of Central Lancashire This is an excellent introduction to the methods, theories and main concepts used by psychologists to describe our current systematic understanding of children and their development from conception to early adulthood. The treatment is comprehensive and crystal clear reflecting the author's vast experience and authority in the field. Schaffer's scientific rigour is matched with his fascination with and delight in children which illuminate every chapter. His measured conclusions will be invaluable to a wide range of professionals who work with and promote our understanding of children. Professor Charles Desforges, School of Education, University of Exeter Schaffer has written an accessible book which succinctly describes and evaluates concepts, perspectives, and research findings in child psychology and relates them to matters of practical importance in the care of children. It provides an excellent introduction for students new to the subject and to those embarking on university courses. Pamela Calder, Senior Lecturer in Psychology, South Bank University The book assumes no previous knowledge, but at the same time is rich and penetrating: its style is engaging, and research findings are reported clearly ... as well as communicating the excitement of the field as a whole ... The book is beautifully presented, and is a pleasure to use ... Introducing Child Psychology is a book to enjoy, and to recommend both to trainees and to experienced psychologists. Peter Appleton, Clinical Psychology

About the Author

H.Rudolph Schaffer is Emeritus Professor of Psychology at the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, and has written extensively on various aspects of developmental psychology. His books include Mothering (1977), The Childs Entry Into A Social World (1984), Making Decisions About Children (Blackwell Publishing, Second Edition, 1998) and Social Development (Blackwell Publishing, 1996). He is also the editor of the journal Social Development.

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Publication date

21st August 2003


H. Rudolph Schaffer

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Blackwell Publishers an imprint of John Wiley and Sons Ltd


408 pages


Child & developmental psychology



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