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Human Growth & Development

Updated edition of this popular book introducing human growth and development from conception to old age, with reference to an Irish context.

  • New to this edition:
    • Updated for the Human Growth and Development award (5N1279)
    • New chapter emphasises the application of knowledge to practical, work-based problems and scenarios
    • Greater prominence given to the older stage of lifespan development with reference to the Creating Excellence in Dementia Care report 2012

  • Irish and international facts, research, cases and statistics are used to:
    • explain normal patterns of lifespan development;
    • introduce variations within the normal range;
    • highlight the factors that can affect development throughout the lifespan.

  • Examines the stages from infancy to old age within the framework of physical, cognitive and socio-emotional theories.

Written For:

NFQ Level 5 Human Growth and Developemnt component module, as part of:

  • Early Childhood Care & Education (5M2009)
  • Applied Social Studies (5M2181)
  • Community Care (5M2786)
  • Health Service Skills (5M3782)
  • Healthcare Support (5M4339)
  • Nursing Studies (5M4349)
  • Community Health Services (5M4468)

Also suitable for:

  • CACHE courses in Childcare and Health and Social Care
  • Montessori courses and Returning to Education courses
  • Introduction to Psychology courses

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Publication Date

March 2013




Paperback, 224 pages

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Chapter 1: What is Psychology?
In Focus: Critical vs. Sensitive Period Debate — Extreme Deprivation

Chapter 2: Theorists 
In Focus: Elder’s Study of the Great Depression and its Impact

Chapter 3: Conception, Prenatal Development and Birth
In Focus: Low Birth Weight and Social Inequality

Chapter 4: The Newborn Baby
In Focus: Foetal Alcohol Syndrome - the Irish Experience

Chapter 5: Infancy: The First Two Years of Life
In Focus: The Implications of Disorganised Attachment

Chapter 6: Early Childhood: Two to Five Years
In Focus: Autism

Chapter 7: Middle Childhood: Six to Eleven Years 
In Focus: Children’s Understanding of Well-being

Chapter 8: Adolescence
In Focus: Suicide

Chapter 9: Early to Middle Adulthood
In Focus: Alcoholism and Drug Addiction

Chapter 10: Older Age, Dying and Death
In Focus: Eld


245 x 176 mm


By Emma Zara O'Brien

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Emma Zara O’Brien, MLitt, HDipEd, HDipPsych, is a lecturer of Lifespan Development at Inchicore College of Further Education. She has worked as a researcher in the Centre for Disability Studies, UCD, and in the National Children’s Office. She is a member of the Psychological Society of Ireland and the author of Psychology for Social Care.

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