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Product Details

  • Series: The Complete Idiot's Guide
  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: ALPHA (July 5, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1615640630
  • ISBN-13: 978-1615640638
  • Product Dimensions: 0.9 x 7.2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #868,576 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The first trade book to give a detailed, easy to understand, age-by-age discussion of the psychological development of children. The style is excellently suited towards Psychology & Counseling studies, and will teach students the material clearly without overcomplicating the subject.

Dr. Jack C. Westman offers a layperson's guide to understanding growing children as part of the popular series of how-to books. Westman is professor emeritus of psychiatry and president of Wisconsin Cares Inc. The book is full of valuable, clearly written parenting information useful to idiots and non-idiots alike.
--'77 SQUARE, Madison, WI:

Even as the mom to many, I don't have all the answers. Now I feel like I have a toolbox. This book addresses those critical years (birth to 18!). There's a chapter on topics that I want to address and some I haven't even considered. It's like calling another Mom, only she really does have all the answers.

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Dear Reader,
Did you know that babies still in their mothers' wombs can hear, taste, and smell? From the latest research, it is now understood that early sense experiences are fundamental to the attachment between mother and child that shapes a child's success in school, with friends, and in the adult world. Then there are the surprising results from studies on praise, empathy, and discipline that have turned childrearing and educational practices on their heads. Perhaps the most exciting new science now at our disposal concerns the exquisite dance between nature and nurture and how it determines a child's life experiences. These and hundreds of other fascinating insights, and the research that brought them to our attention, are laid out for your discovery in this book.

With all the new ways available to us to see the workings of the human brain, watching a child grow and blossom is still an experience of awe for me. I've worked as a child psychiatrist for the last 40 years. During that time, I've taught the theory and practice of child psychology and psychiatry to thousands of undergraduates and medical students. Standing before judges, I've helped courts determine the "best interests of the child" in cases where the competency of a child's parent(s) was in doubt. I've also counseled parents attempting to fulfill their responsibilities to guide and nurture their children against great odds. Perhaps most meaningfully, I've listened to children and adolescents as they struggled to overcome mental disorders or disabilities or just the "normal" challenges of growing up.

From all these experiences, I appreciate that children come into this world with instincts to thrive intellectually, emotionally, and morally. But as the world around them goes faster and life becomes more complex, a child needs more support and guidance. In the 22 chapters contained in this book, my co-author Victoria Costello and I have  provided the essential building blocks of knowledge needed by students of psychology, parents, teachers, and anyone else who wants to help children grow and learn.

Jack C. Westman, M.D., M.S. 

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The profound principles and complex issues of Child and Adolescent Psychology are made comprehensible on this excellent book in general! Very useful for parents who decided to prepared themselves to be better parents!
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Michelle Green on November 8, 2011
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The Complete Idiots Guide to Child and Adolescent Psychology is a comprehensive handbook for anyone interested in understanding childhood psychology, from unborn babies in the womb to adolescents about to embark on adulthood. The theory and proposed application of the information is seamlessly integrated by definitions, insights and field study material that guides the reader into in-depth thought on the information presented.

Parents who need a quick reference or people new to the study of childhood psychology will find the table of contents easy to navigate and the appendices filled with relevant resources for those who want to get additional information. Students will find it straight forward when searching for specific information and return to this book as a great reference tool for this reason. Jack C. Wesman and Victoria Costello created a great handbook that can be easily integrated into any post secondary course study on childhood psychology. Hands down this is a great learning tool!

Every parent and student of childhood psychology should have a copy of The Complete Idiots Guide to Child and Adolescent Psychology in their personal library as a handy and relevant reference companion. For those who don't already have a copy, this book would make an excellent gift that would keep on giving through the years!
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By lindaajanssen on September 5, 2011
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If you're afraid of dull, tedious textbooks, have no fear of reading The Complete Idiot's Guide to Child and Adolescent Psychology. I was thrilled to find a comprehensive, well-researched and highly readable introduction to the history, current research findings and up-to-date trends in child psychology.

I especially appreciate how co-authors Jack C. Westman M.D., M.S. and Victoria Costello have organized the book in such a way that makes for very accessible and reader-friendly use. Beginning with Discovering Childhood followed by Foundations of Personality, this textbook flows naturally into A Child Is Part of a Family before addressing The Big Picture (outlining emotional, moral and cognitive development). If interested in specifics you can then focus more indepth on Ages and Stages. Finally, they highlight important challenges in the section Issues in Child Psychology, and how to deal with them in Therapeutic Approaches.

Key definitions are described in simple yet effective terms; the co-authors also offer specially highlighted sections for insights and complications surrounding important developments. Another great feature is 'Least You Should Know' - succinct snippets of key chapter points, ideal for the busiest of readers. How I wish such a welcoming textbook were available all those years ago when I was in college!
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