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Developmental Social Psychology: From Infancy to Old Age Paperback – May 21, 2020

ISBN-13: 978-1405126281 ISBN-10: 1405126280 Edition: 2nd

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 776 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell; 2nd edition (May 21, 2020)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1405126280
  • ISBN-13: 978-1405126281
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)

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"This is an excellent book in many respects. It provides a detailed review of a wide range of issues of concern to developmental and social psychologists. It further provides a basis for a theoretical and methodological integration of these two branches of psychological investigation..... It is easily accessible, thoughtfully organized and clearly written. It will be of interest to teachers and researchers in these areas and will provide an invaluable sourcebook for students." "British Journal of Developmental Psychology".".. this book is notable for its strengths and remarkable as the work of one person. It is also an accurate reflection of a wide range of theory and research in basic developmental and social psychology and, especially, the points of intersection of those specialities." "Contemporary Psychology""All in all, Durkin's book constitutes a thorough, well-organized and impeccably referenced textbook... "Developmental Social Psychology" is an invaluable source for any undergraduate studying developmental psychology, and all the more so for the novel connections it invites the student to make between the social and developmental literature." "BPS Developmental Psychology Section Newsletter, Spring 98 ""Durkin's textbook provides a representative overview of the discipline, one which addresses developmental psychology's Achilles heel, the child's relation with the social world. "Developmental Social Psychology "belongs to that genre of core undergraduate textbooks with representative chapters on infancy, language, social cognition, adolescence, moral development, adulthood and old age, and I have little doubt that it will be hailed as a comprehensive introduction to developmental psychology with a social-psychological orientation." "Michael A. Forrester, British Journal of Psychology"

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The first edition of Developmental Social Psychology was published in 1995.


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We sold circa 3,000 copies per year for the first three years

The text provides a comprehensive account of social development from infancy to old age, with more emphasis on infancy and childhood. It also looks at many aspects of cognitive development from a social perspective, which allows it to be used not only on social development courses, but also as a general developmental psychology text by those whose focus is on social development. It covers a very wide range of material with clarity, elegance and humour, and is widely reported by adopters to be extremely popular with students. It is currently one of the few non US focussed social development texts, and is widely used in the UK, Australia and in northern Europe.

We undertook market research amongst adopters and non-adopters, and whilst suggestions were made for minor changes, the overall feedback was to encourage Kevin to update the book throughout as soon as possible, keeping the structure as it is, and keeping the relative weighting of infancy, childhood, adolescence, adulthood and old age. Since there was no consensus at all on either major omissions or on extraneous material, we decided that the best plan for an update was largely to keep to the original plan, so I didn't ask Kevin to submit a new proposal. What's more, we really can't let the book get any longer, and one of the main strengths of the book is it's breadth and depth of coverage, meaning nothing can be dropped, so a general update seems the best option.

Instructors were asked if they would like more teaching features and more illustrations - the consensus was "no", although we may well put together a website.

There is, generally, a dearth of good social development texts which do not focus exclusively on US research and examples, and, with the increase in student numbers in psychology, we can look forward to building on the success of the original.

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By Shayla L. Hart on October 19, 2009
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I received this book in a timely fashion. It was in great condition and exactly what i asked for.
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