Forces Shaping Young Lives

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Originally published in Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 1979, Vol 24(7), 555–556. Reviews the book, A Child's Journey: Forces That Shape the Lives of Our Young by Julius Segal and Herbert Yahraes (see record 1980-02957-000). This highly readable and informative book about the forces that tend to control the development of our children has been written by two talented science writers. The focus on mental health is both a strength and a weakness of the book. Missing is the research illustrating the epigenetic character of psychological development. Nothing is said explicitly about Piaget's “equilibration,” which concerns cognitive appreciation of the discrepancy between existing developmental achievements and the demands of situations encountered. But criticisms do not mean that authors have failed to do a good job. They have done a splendid job of what they set out to do–namely, to describe recent research on the forces that shape lives as seen from the mental health focus. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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