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Infants and children : prenatal through middle childhood
Berk, Laura E.
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Fourth edition.
Publication Information:
Boston : Allyn and Bacon, [2002]

Physical Description:
1 volume (various pagings) : illustrations (some color) ; 28 cm
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Includes pin code.
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RJ131 .B3863 2002 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Oversize

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This shortened paperbound version of Infants, Children, and Adolescents covers the prenatal through middle childhood years (through age 10) containing the complete chapters 1-13 of Laura Berk's full-length text.

Table of Contents

1 History, Theory, and Research Strategies
The Field of Child Development
Periods of Development
Domains of Development
Basic Issues
Continuous or Discontinuous Development?
One Course of Development or Many?
Nature or Nurture as More Important?
A Balanced Point of View
Historical Foundations
Medieval Times
The Reformation
Philosophies of the Enlightenment
Darwin's Theory of Evolution
Scientific Beginnings
Mid-Twentieth-Century Theories
The Psychoanalytic Perspective
Behaviorism and Social Learning Theory
Piaget's Cognitive-Developmental Theory
Recent Theoretical Perspectives
Information Processing
Vygotsky's Sociocultural Theory
Ecological Systems Theory
New Directions: Development as a Dynamic System
Comparing Child Development Theories
Studying the Child
Common Methods of Gathering Information
General Research Designs
Designs for Studying Development
Ethics in Research on Children
2 Biological and Environmental Foundations
Genetic Foundations
The Genetic Code
The Sex Cells
Boy or Girl? Multiple Births
Patterns of Genetic Inheritance
Chromosomal Abnormalities
Reproductive Choices
Genetic Counseling
Prenatal Diagnosis and Fetal Medicine
The Alternative of Adoption
Environmental Contexts for Development
The Family
Socioeconomic Status and Family Functioning
The Impact of Poverty
Beyond the Family: Neighborhoods, Schools, Towns, and Cities
The Cultural Context
Understanding the Relationship Between Heredity and Environment
The Question, "How Much?" The Question, "How?"
3 Prenatal Development
Motivations for Parenthood
Why Have Children? How Large a Family?
Is There a Best Time During Adulthood to Have a Child?
Prenatal Development
The Period of the Zygote
The Period of the Embryo
The Period of the Fetus
Prenatal Environmental Influences
Other Maternal Factors
The Importance of Prenatal Health Care
Preparing for Parenthood
Seeking Information
The Baby Becomes a Reality
Models of Effective Parenthood
Practical Concerns
The Parental Relationship
4 Birth and the Newborn Baby
The Stages of Childbirth
Stage 1: Dilation and Effacement of the Cervix
Stage 2: Delivery of the Baby
Stage 3: Birth of the Placenta
The Baby's Adaptation to Labor and Delivery
The Newborn Baby's Appearance
Assessing the Newborn's Physical Condition: The Apgar Scale
Approaches to Childbirth
Natural, or Prepared, Childbirth
Home Delivery
Medical Interventions
Fetal Monitoring
Labor and Delivery Medication
Instrument Delivery
Induced Labor
Cesarean Delivery
Birth Complications
Oxygen Deprivation
Preterm and Low-Birth-Weight Infants
Postterm Infants
Understanding Birth Complications
Precious Moments after Birth