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Human Growth and Development

Human Growth and Development

Third Edition

© 2016 | 280 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

What is it that determines what sort of person we become?

Is a child’s future personality
already determined at birth, or is a newborn baby like a blank sheet, waiting to be written on by life?

Is our personality determined by anything, or do we choose for ourselves who we are, create

ourselves out of nothing?

This bestselling introduction to emotional, psychological, intellectual and social development throughout the lifespan will help you explore these questions and many more. 


Written for students training for careers in the helping professions, including nurses, social workers, occupational therapists, teachers and counsellors, the book covers topics which are central to understanding people whether they are clients, service users, patients or pupils. Following the shape of a human life, beginning with birth and ending with death, it combines theoretical concepts and reflective learning to help you develop an understanding of what makes human beings grow and change over their lives to inform your decisions and professional practice.


The Birth of a Human Being: What Makes Us Who We Are?
The Balancing Act: Psychodynamic Insights
A Secure Base: The Importance of Attachment
The Emergence of Reason: The Developing Ability to Understand
Making Connections: Ideas from Behaviourism
Who Am I Going to Be? Adolescence, Identity and Change
Acting Like a Grown-up: Challenges of Adulthood
Access to Adulthood: Growing up with a Disability
No Man Is an Island: Family Systems and Their Life Cycle
It Takes a Village: ASociological Perspective
Coming to a Conclusion: Themes in Old Age
That Good Night: Death, Dying and Bereavement

Superb introduction to all the theories and models in human growth and development. Ideal for first year students as it is clearly understandable and well laid out.

Ms Diana Conroy
College of health and social care, Derby University
May 30, 2018

This book is accessible to audiences who want to understand development from a number of different perspectives as it brings together a range of different theories and concepts on important topics. The titles of the chapters alone are food for thought, stimulating discussion and generating a desire to know more.

Dr Simone Coetzee
Department of Health & Human Sciences, Essex University
October 23, 2017

This is an excellent book. Well structured, with an accessible and engaging writing style. All topics and concepts are clearly and thoroughly explained, with alternating views provided which will challenge students and encourage critical thinking.

Mr Dan Warrender
The School of Nursing & Midwifery, Robert Gordon University
December 10, 2016

Although this book covers the whole developmental life span I recommend Education students use this book if they have an interest in the childhood and youth stages. I particularly found this book relevant and accessible for students who might be interested in attachment theory and family systems theory, for this alone it is worthwhile.

Miss Christine Ann Lewis
Professional Development , Edge Hill University
December 2, 2016

Excellent lay out. Student's found this text book very good and up to date

Miss sharron stillyards
health and social care, northlindsey college
November 29, 2016

As expected, all the areas of growth and development through the life stages, with the advantage of added theories relevant to the topic area. The book also has numerous activities, ideal to use in order to extend discussion, with suggested answers. The chapters are well laid out, in a logical and accessible format, with further reading suggestions at the back of each one.
The book is very accessible to a variety of learner abilities, and will be a valuable resource to all those teaching the subject, whatever the level.

Mrs Karen Neild
Health , Blackburn College
October 22, 2016

this book provides some interesting supportive components that will assist students in their thinking and educational development

Dr ellen kitson-reynolds
Faculty of health sciences, Southampton University
October 3, 2016

Very useful for students studying Childhood Education. Clear and understandable.

Mrs Alicia James
College Road, Truro, Truro College
September 16, 2016

Very helpful update to a classic text, which students constantly report to be accessible.

Mr Luke Tibbits
Centre for Lifelong Learning, Warwick University
August 26, 2016

This is an excellent text which comprehensively covers this subject area. Highly recommended

Mr Paul Rimmer
Social Work , Edge Hill University
August 10, 2016

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