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Human Growth and Development in Children and Young People

Theoretical and Practice Perspectives

Edited by Jonathan Parker and Sara Ashencaen Crabtree


20 May 2020

Page count

352 pages




240 x 172 mm


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20 May 2020

Page count

352 pages





Policy Press
£24.99 £19.99You save £5.00 (20%)
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    Unparalleled in its coverage of concepts and themes, this textbook uses insights from across sociology, psychology, criminology and other areas of expertise to show how children and young people negotiate crucial challenges and transitions in their lives.

    It considers a wide range of theories, issues and practice dimensions and clearly shows how they connect, with fresh insights on topics including mental health, bereavement and disability in children. Foregrounding cultural diversity as a crucial dimension of sensitive practice and placing an emphasis on thinking critically and practicing reflectively throughout, this book also:

    •Includes helpful chapter introductions, summaries and annotated further readings

    •Features a range of case studies, linking theory to practice

    •Provides active learning exercises, enabling you to apply and consolidate learning

    With a partner volume that addresses human growth and development in adults, this is an invaluable tool for students as well as a useful refresher resource for experienced practitioners.

    "A well-informed book that presents complex ideas and theories in an accessible way for social work students, promoting clear links between theories and their application to practice." Eleni Skoura-Kirk, University of Kent

    "Infused with pedagogical tools of case studies, reflection points, and reflective questions, this text ensures readers are able to apply the material to real-life situations and explore the relevance to the reader’s own practice." Barbra Teater, City University of New York

    “Brings together a fascinating range of new psychological, sociological and spiritual knowledge about how children develop into adulthood and applies this to practice in highly original ways. Students and practitioners across human service professions will find it enormously valuable.” Harry Ferguson, University of Birmingham

    Jonathan Parker is Professor of Society and Social Welfare at Bournemouth University.

    Sara Ashencaen Crabtree is Professor of Social and Cultural Diversity at Bournemouth University.

    Part 1: Introducing the theory;

    Traditional approaches to human growth and development – Jonathan Parker;

    Psychoanalytic approaches – Stephen Briggs;

    Cognitive theories and cognitive development – Margarete Parrish;

    Social construction and emotional development – Jo Finch;

    Critical perspectives – Jonathan Parker;

    Moral, spiritual and existential development – Wilfred McSherry, Alison Rodriguez and Joanna Smith;

    Part 2: Specific developmental issues;

    An introduction to the principles of attachment theory – Gabrielle Schaeffer;

    Young people’s transition to adulthood – Nick Frost and Melanie Watts;

    Developmental and life course criminology – Richard Heslop and Jonathan Parker;

    Loss and bereavement in childhood – Sue Taplin;

    Culture and coming of age: the example of Muslims in Britain – Sara Ashencaen Crabtree;

    Part 3: Professional practice;

    Impacts of child maltreatment: critical considerations – Lisa Bunting;

    Substitute care: moving into a new family – Christine Cocker;

    Working with disabled children and young people – Louise Oliver and Sally Lee;

    Mental health and children – Elisabeth Willumsen, Siv E.N. Sæbjørnsen and Atle Ødegård;

    Working with unaccompanied migrant children and young people

    seeking asylum – Deborah Hadwin, Gurnam Singh and Stephen Cowden.