Child & Adolescent Development: Overview
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Child & Adolescent Development: Overview

This topic center provides a review of theories of child development. For information on parenting and child development of infants aged 0 to 2, please visit our Infant Parenting and Child Development topic center. For information on parenting and child development of preschool children (early childhood aged 3 to 7, please visit our Early Childhood Parenting and Child Development topic center. For information on parenting and child development of middle childhood children (ages 8 to 11), please visit our Middle Childhood Parenting and Development center. For information on parenting adolescents (ages 12-24), please visit our Child Development Theory: Adolescence topic center.

When babies arrive in the world, they are tiny, helpless people who depend entirely on adults to take care of all their needs and wants. Somehow, with the proper loving nurturing and care over the next 22 years, they grow to become independent adults who can take care of themselves and others. The journey from infancy to adulthood is an amazing time when children soak up everything in the world around them and mix it with the qualities they are born with in order to mature bit by bit, in every way.

Over the years, people who study children have create...

 
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School Bans on Chocolate Milk May Backfire
U.S. Kids Exposed to Arsenic in Well Water Have Lower IQs
Mother's Pregnancy Weight Gain May Influence Child's Obesity Risk
Pediatric Devices Still Have Few Premarket Studies in Children
Young People With Epilepsy Face Higher Injury Risk: Study
AAFP Provides Tips to Address Patients' Vaccine Concerns
Study Outlines Emotional Impact of Domestic Violence on Kids
Parents Feel Limited in Ability to Prevent Child Obesity
Vegetables in Childhood May Benefit Breast Health
Prevalence of Childhood Obesity in U.S. Up From 1999
Measles Cases Linked to U.S. Adoptions of Chinese Children: CDC
Social Skills a Casualty of Childhood Head Injury, Study Suggests
Specializing in One Sport as Child No Guarantee of Future Success
Girls Suffer Worse Concussions, Study Suggests
Free Drinking Water Available to Most U.S. Kids at School Lunch
More U.S. Children Severely Obese, Study Says
Kids' Concussions Defined by Where They Live, Study Finds
Childhood Obesity Adds Nearly $20K to Lifetime Medical Costs: Study
Hearing Aid Use in Children With Mild Loss Improves Speech
Few Good Resources on Self-Harm Exist Online, Study Finds
Early Childhood Interventions Greatly Improve Later Health
Less Sleep Tied to Greater Food Intake in Children
Monitoring Kids' Screen Time May Improve Their Behavior
Many Kids May Have High Cholesterol, Regardless of Weight
Smoking Bans Linked to Drop in Premature Births, Kids' Asthma Attacks
Physically Active Youth May Retain Bone Health
Spanking Triggers Vicious Cycle, Study Finds
Violent Video Games Tied to Combative Thinking in Study
More Drug-Resistant Infections Seen in U.S. Children
Rigid Parenting Style Linked to Obese Kids
Sweet, Salty Taste Preferences Tied Together in Kids
TV, Computer Time Tied to Heavier, Less Happy Kids: Study
Pediatric Hospitalizations for Depression Are Costly, Common
Gardening Might Give Kids a Fitness Boost
Stress Can Quickly Harm Kids' Health: Study
When a Parent Dies, What Helps a Child Cope?
Head Lice Growing Resistant to Standard Meds
Health Tip: Create Good Eating Habits
Cereals, Breads Found As Major Sources of Sodium in Youth
More Evidence That Bullying Raises Kids' Suicide Risk
Just 1.5 Hours of TV a Day May Disrupt Kids' Sleep, Study Says
Parental Death Increases Odds of Lower Grades, School Failure
For Children, Asthma Exacerbations Peak in September
Kids Who Repeat a Grade Can Become Discipline Problems, Study Says
When Smartphone Is Near, Parenting May Falter
Antibiotics May Be Linked to Serious Infections in Children
Younger Siblings of Kids With Autism May Show Early Signs of Problems
Moving Out of Poor Neighborhood May Disrupt Boys' Mental Health: Study
Schools Add More Fruits, Veggies to the '3 Rs'
 
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Book Reviews
100 Things Guys Need to Know
3 NBS of Julian Drew
A Guide to Asperger Syndrome
A Tribe Apart
A User Guide to the GF/CF Diet for Autism, Asperger Syndrome and AD/HD
A Walk in the Rain With a Brain
Adolescent Depression
After
Aggression and Antisocial Behavior in Children and Adolescents
All Alone in the Universe
Amelia Rules
America
Another Planet
Antisocial Behavior in Children and Adolescents
Artemis Fowl
Assessment and Treatment of Childhood Problems, Second Edition
Autistic Spectrum Disorders
Bad Girl
Between Two Worlds
Beyond Appearance
Beyond Diversity Day
Big Mouth & Ugly Girl
Bill Henson
Bipolar Disorders
Body Image, Eating Disorders, and Obesity
Body Image, Eating Disorders, and Obesity in Youth
Boy
Boys
Branded
Breaking Point
Breathing Underwater
Bringing Up Parents
Bullying and Teasing
Can't Eat, Won't Eat
Catalyst
Child and Adolescent Psychological Disorders
Children Changed by Trauma
Children with Emerald Eyes
Children’s Dreaming and the Development of Consciousness
City of One
Concise Guide to Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
Conquering the Beast Within
Contentious Issues
Cracked
Cut
Dancing in My Nuddypants
Demystifying the Autistic Experience
Descartes' Baby
Dilemmas of Desire
Dirty
Doing It
Doing School
Dying to Be Thin
Eating an Artichoke
Educating Children With Autism
Elijah's Cup
Ellison the Elephant
Emerald City Blues
Emotional and Behavioral Problems of Young Children
Every Girl Tells a Story
Fast Girls
Feather Boy
Firegirl
Forever Young
Freaks, Geeks and Asperger Syndrome
Freewill
Geography Club
Georgia Under Water
Girl in the Mirror
Girlfighting
Girlsource
GirlWise
GLBTQ
Good Girls
Goodbye Rune
Granny Torrelli Makes Soup
Growing Up Girl
Handbook for Boys
Healing ADD
Heartbeat
Helping Children Cope With Disasters and Terrorism
Helping Parents, Youth, and Teachers Understand Medications for Behavioral and Emotional Problems
Hollow Kids
How Children Learn the Meanings of Words
How to Keep Your Teenager Out of Trouble and What to Do If You Can't
Hug Me
Intrusive Parenting
It's Me!
It's Perfectly Normal
Jake Riley
Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key
Juvenile-Onset Schizophrenia
Keeping the Moon
Killing Monsters
Kim: Empty Inside
Knocked Out by My Nunga-Nungas
Laura Numeroff's 10-Step Guide to Living with Your Monster
Learning About School Violence
Leo the Lightning Bug
Let Kids Be Kids
Liberation's Children
Life As We Know It
Lisa, Bright and Dark
Little Chicago
Lord of the Flies
Loser
Love and Sex
Love That Dog
Manic
Mastering Anger and Aggression
Mind Fields
Miss American Pie
Mom, Dad, I'm Gay.
Monster
More Than a Label
Myths of Childhood
New Hope for Children and Teens with Bipolar Disorder
No Two Alike
Not Much Just Chillin'
Odd Girl Out
Odd Girl Speaks Out
Of Mice and Metaphors
On the Frontier of Adulthood
One Hot Second
One in Thirteen
Ophelia Speaks
Ophelia's Mom
Our Journey Through High Functioning Autism and Asperger Syndrome
Out of the Dust
Overcoming School Anxiety
Parenting and the Child's World
Parenting Your Out-Of-Control Teenager
Pediatric Psychopharmacology
Period Pieces
Phobic and Anxiety Disorders in Children and Adolescents
PINS
Praising Boys Well
Praising Girls Well
Pretty in Punk
Princess in the Spotlight
Problem Child or Quirky Kid?
Psychotherapy As Praxis
Psychotherapy for Children and Adolescents
Raising a Self-Starter
Raising Blaze
Raising Resilient Children
Reclaiming Our Children
Redressing the Emperor
Reducing Adolescent Risk
Rethinking ADHD
Reweaving the Autistic Tapestry
Rineke Dijkstra
Ritalin is Not the Answer Action Guide
Running on Ritalin
Say Yes
Sexual Teens, Sexual Media
Shooter
Short People
Should I Medicate My Child?
Skin Game
Smack
Smashed
Staying Connected to Your Teenager
Stick Figure
Stoner & Spaz
Stop Arguing with Your Kids
Straight Talk about Your Child's Mental Health
Strong, Smart, & Bold
Student Depression
Survival Strategies for Parenting Children with Bipolar Disorder
Surviving Ophelia
Taking Charge of ADHD, Revised Edition
Taming the Troublesome Child
Targeting Autism
Teaching Problems and the Problems of Teaching
Teen Angst? Naaah
That Summer
The American Psychiatric Publishing Textbook Of Child And Adolescent Psychiatry
The Arctic Incident
The Bipolar Child
The Buffalo Tree
The Bully, the Bullied, and the Bystander
The Carnivorous Carnival
The Depressed Child
The Developing Mind
The Dragons of Autism
The Dream Bearer
The Dulcimer Boy
The Einstein Syndrome
The Epidemic
The Eternity Cube
The Explosive Child
The Field of the Dogs
The First Idea
The Identity Trap
The Inside Story on Teen Girls
The Little Tern
The Mean Girl Motive
The Men They Will Become
The Myth of Laziness
The New Gay Teenager
The Notebook Girls
The Nurture Assumption
The Opposite of Invisible
The Order of the Poison Oak
The Other Parent
The Present Moment in Psychotherapy and Everyday Life
The Real Truth About Teens and Sex
The Rise and Fall of the American Teenager
The Secret Lives of Girls
The Sex Lives of Teenagers
The Shared Heart
The Spider and the Bee
The Steps
The Thought that Counts
The Unhappy Child
The Vile Village
The Whole Child
Then Again, Maybe I Won't
Therapy with Children
Things I Have to Tell You
Touching Spirit Bear
Trauma in the Lives of Children
Treacherous Love
True Believer
Twisted
Unhappy Teenagers
Way to Be!
We're Not Monsters
What about the Kids
What Would Joey Do?
What's Happening to My Body? Book for Boys
What's Happening to My Body? Book for Girls
When Nothing Matters Anymore
When Sex Goes to School
When Your Child Has an Eating Disorder
Where The Kissing Never Stops
Whose America?
Why Are You So Sad?
Winnicott
Worried All the Time
Yes, Your Teen Is Crazy!
You Hear Me
Young People and Mental Health
Your Child, Bully or Victim?
 
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