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. This fourth edition contains improved text design with chapters linking to the case study resources, giving students the opportunity to take their learning to the next level and start practicing the skill of linking theory to practice themselves.
Chapter 1: The Birth of a Human Being: What makes us who we are?
Chapter 2: The Balancing Act: Psychodynamic insights
Chapter 3: A Secure Base: The importance of attachment
Chapter 4: The Emergence of Reason: The developing ability to understand
Chapter 5: Making Connections: Ideas from behaviourism
Chapter 6: Who Am I Going to Be? Adolescence, identity and change
Chapter 7: Acting like a Grown-up: Challenges of adulthood
Chapter 8: Access to Adulthood: Growing up with a disability
Chapter 9: No Man is an Island: Family systems and their life cycle
Chapter 10: It Takes a Village: A sociological perspective
Chapter 11: Coming to a Conclusion: Dimensions of old age
Chapter 12: That Good Night: Death, dying and bereavement