PSYB32H3 Chapter 1: Chapter 1.docx

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Chapter 1 child development: themes, theories and methods. Almost a century ago, the field emerged when scholars became interested in the topic darwin researched infants" sensory and perceptual capacities and children"s emotions. James baldwin (appointed to u of t, 1889) work on mental development, used own daughter as a subject to examine handedness, suggestion, imitation and will in infancy. 1926, st. george school for child study in toronto opened, headed by william blatz, today called institute for child study. Blatz known for study on dionne quintuplets (sisters raised in special, public display compound) Better information about child development can help society protect and advance the well-being of children, can help shape social policy on behalf of children. Forces that affect developmental change: individual characteristics versus contextual and. Examine child responses to situational challenges or risks to healthy development to study individual characteristics.

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