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Child and Adolescent Development

A Social Justice Approach (First Edition)
Kristine Anthis
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Child and Adolescent Development: A Social Justice Approach illuminates and emphasizes the interconnected nature of child development and issues of inequity. Through a social justice lens, the text provides readers with a comprehensive exploration of child and adolescent development research and theory. Readers learn how disparate levels of opportunity, which are readily influenced by social, economic, and political factors, can positively or negatively impact youth development, as well as how changes made to government policies can increase social justice and optimize development.

The text begins with a chapter that briefly describes the stages, domains, and patterns of child development, as well as traditional and contemporary theories. Subsequent chapters provide insight as to research methods and designs within the discipline and also discuss the various genetic and environmental influences that can affect development. The book then progresses chronologically, guiding readers from conception through adolescence, discussing the physical, cognitive, and socio-emotional changes that occur within each key stage of the lifespan. Throughout, Pan & Zoom sections emphasize key topics within each chapter, Tech & Media asides highlight the influences of technology and media on child and adolescent development, and Mentor Minutes provide readers with wisdom and advice through interviews with diverse professionals working in the field.

Featuring a unique approach and comprehensive coverage, Child and Adolescent Development is an ideal resource for courses that prepare students to enter the helping professions in service of children and adolescents, counseling, social justice, education, psychology, and social work.

Kristine Anthis is a professor of psychology at Southern Connecticut State University, where she teaches courses in development and personality. She holds a Ph.D. in psychology from the University of Nebraska and served as a fellow in the Edward Zigler Center in Child Development and Social Policy at Yale University. Dr. Anthis is a member of APA Division 2: Society for the Teaching of Psychology, and APA Division 7: Developmental Psychology. She has won multiple university-wide teaching awards and has served as a reviewer for the Teaching of Psychology journal.