Human Growth and Development (3rd Revised edition)

Human Growth and Development (3rd Revised edition)

By: Chris Beckett (author), Hilary Taylor (author)Paperback

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'This is a very thoughtful and engaging book. Students will find it a useful resource to begin their exploration of human growth. It manages to encapsulate theoretical learning whilst promoting critical thought and further exploration.' Judith Buck, Southampton Solent 'The book is very accessible to both students and lecturers and works very well as an introductory source. The activities are a useful teaching aid and provide examples which help students make links between theory and real life.' Sam McMahon, University of Huddersfield 'This book introduces the reader to a very wide range of theory and concepts relating to human growth and development across the entire lifespan from birth to death. It's a great introductory text with useful practical activities to encourage students to engage and reflect.' Jo Bell, University of Hull Human Growth and Development, Third Edition is a bestselling introduction to emotional, psychological, intellectual and social development throughout the lifespan. Written for students training in fields such as social work, health care and education, the book covers topics which are central to understanding people whether they are clients, service users, patients or pupils.

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Chris Beckett qualified as a social worker in the 1980s, and worked in the field for 18 years, first as a social worker and then as a manager, latterly as the manager of a children and families social work team. Like most social workers who qualified at that time, he started out as a 'generic' social worker, working with a range of service users including children and families, old people, and people with mental health problems and disabilities, but his predominant area of work was always with children and families. He moved into academic social work in 2000, working first at Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge and then at the University of East Anglia in Norwich. In addition to his social work text books, he has published academic articles on a variety of topics including the use of military language in social work, the importance of realism as an ethical principle, and statistics from Sweden about child abuse, following the legal ban there on corporal punishment. His main research area has been decision-making in court proceedings about children, and decision-making about children more generally. Chris has a parallel career as a writer of literary science fiction, and has achieved some acclaim in this field. He won the Edge Hill Short Fiction prize for his story collection, The Turing Test, and the Arthur C. Clarke award for his novel Dark Eden. He now divides his time between his academic career and his fiction writing. More information about his fiction can be found at His view is that 'academic' and 'creative' writing have more in common than might at first sight appear: in both cases the author begins with a jumble of ideas that seem to him to be in some way linked together, and attempts, in large part by a combination of intuition and trial and error, to impose some shape and structure. Chris has three adult children, and lives in Cambridge with his wife Maggie and sundry animals. Hilary Taylor is a psychoanalytic psychotherapist and a former social worker, social work lecturer and practice teacher.


The Birth of a Human Being: What Makes Us Who We Are? The Balancing Act: Psychodynamic Insights A Secure Base: The Importance of Attachment The Emergence of Reason: The Developing Ability to Understand Making Connections: Ideas from Behaviourism Who Am I Going to Be? Adolescence, Identity and Change Acting Like a Grown-up: Challenges of Adulthood Access to Adulthood: Growing up with a Disability No Man Is an Island: Family Systems and Their Life Cycle It Takes a Village: ASociological Perspective Coming to a Conclusion: Themes in Old Age That Good Night: Death, Dying and Bereavement

Product Details

  • publication date: 12/04/2016
  • ISBN13: 9781473916265
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 280
  • ID: 9781473916265
  • weight: 485
  • ISBN10: 1473916267
  • edition: 3rd Revised edition

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