Methods and Relevancy in Developmental Psychology

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Originally published in Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 1979, Vol 24(3), 235–236. Reviews the book, Research in Developmental Psychology: Concepts, Strategies, Methods by Thomas M. Achenbach (see record 1979-23166-000). The goal of this book is “to bring together basic approaches to developmental research and to demonstrate ways in which these approaches, together with the standard tools of behavioral research, can be applied to questions that are of special concern to students of development”. I found the chapters on the discipline of developmental psychology unique, stimulating, useful, and occasionally provocative. The recent push toward social relevancy and the application of developmental research to social policy is illustrated with integrated historical reviews of Project Follow. Finally, major ethical issues are considered, from informed consent to the heredity-environment-IQ fracas polarized by Arthur Jensen and Leon Kamin. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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