Child Development and the Brain

From Embryo to Adolescence

By Rob Abbott and Esther Burkitt

Published

Jan 1, 2023

Page count

288 pages

Edition

2nd Edition

ISBN

978-1447355670

Dimensions

244 x 170 mm

Imprint

Policy Press

Published

Jan 1, 2023

Page count

288 pages

Edition

2nd Edition

ISBN

978-1447355687

Dimensions

Imprint

Policy Press
Child Development and the Brain

This bestselling textbook provides social science students with an accessible introduction to neuroscience and the implications for our understandings of child development, considering the links between brain development and social and cultural issues.

Now covering the 0 -18+ age range, the new edition critically analyses the relationship between children and young people’s thoughts, behaviours and feelings and the ways in which their developing brains are structured. It includes a new section on emotional development in adolescence, considering the impact of drugs and alcohol on the brain and the role of brain changes in driving risky behaviours.

Assuming no prior knowledge of the subject, the text connects the latest scientific knowledge to the practice of understanding and working with children. Incorporating the latest research and debate throughout, the book offers students and CYP practitioners:

• case studies showing how brain science is changing practice;

• a companion website including self-test questions;

• end of chapter summaries, further reading and questions to test knowledge;

• a glossary of neuroscientific terms.

Rob Abbott is a counsellor and supervisor, Registered Member of BACP (Snr accredited) and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. He is an associate lecturer at the Open University and Clinical Director of the Arun Counselling Centre in Sussex.

Esther Burkitt is Professor of Developmental Psychology at the University of Chichester, has Chartered Psychologist and Scientist status with the British Psychological Society and is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Introduction to the second edition

Chapter 1 : Getting to know the human brain

Chapter 2 : How brains develop

Chapter 3 : The development of thinking

Chapter 4 : Health and the developing brain

Chapter 5 : Emotional and Social Development

Chapter 6 : Attachment and trauma

Chapter 7 : Language Development

Chapter 8 : Literacy and numeracy development

Chapter 9 : Learning and memory

Chapter 10 : Genetics and neurodevelopmental disorders

Glossary

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