Introducing Childhood and Adolescence

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Originally published in Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 1978, Vol 23(12), 1012–1013. Reviews the books, Child and Adolescent Psychology. 2nd ed by Gene R. Medinnus and Ronald C. Johnson (1976) and The Growing Child: Introduction to Child Development by John F. Travers (1977). Both of these books focus primarily on the social and personality problems of adolescence. Although the Medinnus and Johnson treatment is more thorough, neither book shows much continuity between development during childhood and that during adolescence. Perhaps if other aspects of development during adolescence were covered (e.g., cognitive development), this sort of discontinuous treatment would not occur. Travers' text is more suitable in terms of both content and format for a general introductory course in developmental psychology. The writing style is also more readable. The Medinnus and Johnson text offers a wealth of solid empirical data on a variety of topics, but it is in need of updating and may be too specialized to be used in most introductory developmental courses. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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