Conflict in Childhood and Adolescent Development: A Screwdriver Is Not a Hammer

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Abstract

Originally published in Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 1993, Vol 38(12), 1277–1279. Reviews the book, Conflict in Child and Adolescent Development edited by Carolyn Uhlinger Shantz and Willard W. Hartup (see record 1993-97065-000). Given the pervasiveness of conflict, it is not reasonable to expect a single book to cover systematically all aspects of conflict. This volume's contents are true to its title in focusing on conflicts that are relevant to life span development. The editors asked the contributors to this edited volume not merely to review the literature, but to address central issues for directing future research. The result is a remarkable and important book. The editors organized the volume into three major sections. Part 1 deals with conflict and processes of development. Part 2 is dedicated to conflict and interpersonal relationships. Part 3 is dedicated to differential issues and includes chapters by recognized experts on social competence (Putallaz and Sheppard), child maltreatment (Minuchin), and intervention programs (Furman and McQuaid). (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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