The Three-Part Child

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Originally published in Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 1979, Vol 24(6), 482–483. Reviews the book, Three Theories of Child Development, 3rd ed by Henry W. Maier (see record 1988-97665-000). This book describes a major theoretical formulation for each of three core aspects of human development-cognition, affect, and behavior. Although some recent citations have been added and substantial wording changes made, the basic structure, material covered, and conclusions are very similar to the original 1965 edition. In general, the book seems to fulfill its stated purpose. It provides a focused view of three major theoretical orientations and then suggests how they might be applied. However, it has several drawbacks that make me reluctant to recommend it. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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