Nurturing natures: Attachment and children’s emotional, sociocultural and brain development

Music, Graham (2010) Nurturing natures: Attachment and children’s emotional, sociocultural and brain development. Psychology Press, Hove. ISBN 9781848720572

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This book provides an indispensable account of current understandings of children’s emotional development. Integrating the latest research findings from areas such as attachment theory, neuroscience and developmental psychology, it weaves these into a readable and easy to digest text. It provides a tour of the most significant influences on the developing child, always bearing in mind the family and social context. It looks at key developmental stages, from life in the womb to the pre-school years and right up until adolescence, whilst also examining how we develop key capacities such as language, play and memory. Issues of nature and nurture are addressed and the effects of different kinds of early experiences are unpicked, looking at both individual children and larger-scale longitudinal studies. Psychological ideas and research are carefully integrated with those from neurobiology and understandings from other cultures to create a coherent and balanced view of the developing child in context. Nurturing Natures integrates a wide array of complex academic research from different disciplines to create a book that is not only highly readable but also scientifically trustworthy. Full of fascinating findings, it provides answers to many of the questions people really want to ask about the human journey from conception into adulthood.

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Additional Information: 1. Introduction: The Blind Men and the Elephant. Part 1. Beginnings of Emotional and Social Development. 2. Life Begins: From Conception to Birth. 3. Born to Relate. 4. Infant Coping Mechanisms, Mismatches and Repairs in Relating. 5. Empathy, Self and Other Minds. Part 2. Over-Arching Bodies of Ideas. 6. Attachment. 7. The Importance of Culture. 8. Biology and the Brain. Part 3. Developmental Capacities and Stages. 9. Language, Words and Symbols. 10. Memories: Learning Who We Are and What to Expect. 11. Play: Fun, Symbolising, Practising and Mucking About. 12. Boys, Girls and Gender. Part 4. Not Just Mothers. 13. Non-Maternal Care and Childcare. 14. Siblings, Peers, Group Life and Middle Childhood. 15. The Place of Fathers. 16. Moving Towards Adulthood. Part 5. Consequences of Early Experiences. 17. Trauma, Neglect and Their Effects. 18. Resilience and Good Feelings. 19. Genes, Nature and Nurture. 20. Conclusions: Early Experience and its Longer Term Consequences.
Subjects: Children, Young People and Developmental Pyschology > Child Development
Emotions, Affective Psychology > Attachment/Affectional Bonds
Department/People: Children, Young Adult and Family Services

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