Child & Adolescent Development: Overview
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Child & Adolescent Development: Overview

This topic center provides a review of theories of child development. For information on parenting and child development of infants aged 0 to 2, please visit our Infant Parenting and Child Development topic center. For information on parenting and child development of preschool children (early childhood aged 3 to 7, please visit our Early Childhood Parenting and Child Development topic center. For information on parenting and child development of middle childhood children (ages 8 to 11), please visit our Middle Childhood Parenting and Development center. For information on parenting adolescents (ages 12-24), please visit our Child Development Theory: Adolescence topic center.

When babies arrive in the world, they are tiny, helpless people who depend entirely on adults to take care of all their needs and wants. Somehow, with the proper loving nurturing and care over the next 22 years, they grow to become independent adults who can take care of themselves and others. The journey from infancy to adulthood is an amazing time when children soak up everything in the world around them and mix it with the qualities they are born with in order to mature bit by bit, in every way.

Over the years, people who study children have create...

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Settling the Back-to-School Jitters
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American Kids Growing Fatter Than Their Canadian Cousins
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Questions and Answers
Book Reviews
100 Things Guys Need to Know
3 NBS of Julian Drew
A Guide to Asperger Syndrome
A Tribe Apart
A User Guide to the GF/CF Diet for Autism, Asperger Syndrome and AD/HD
A Walk in the Rain With a Brain
Adolescent Depression
Aggression and Antisocial Behavior in Children and Adolescents
All Alone in the Universe
Amelia Rules
Another Planet
Antisocial Behavior in Children and Adolescents
Artemis Fowl
Assessment and Treatment of Childhood Problems, Second Edition
Autistic Spectrum Disorders
Bad Girl
Between Two Worlds
Beyond Appearance
Beyond Diversity Day
Big Mouth & Ugly Girl
Bill Henson
Bipolar Disorders
Body Image, Eating Disorders, and Obesity
Body Image, Eating Disorders, and Obesity in Youth
Breaking Point
Breathing Underwater
Bringing Up Parents
Bullying and Teasing
Can't Eat, Won't Eat
Child and Adolescent Psychological Disorders
Children Changed by Trauma
Children with Emerald Eyes
Children’s Dreaming and the Development of Consciousness
City of One
Concise Guide to Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
Conquering the Beast Within
Contentious Issues
Dancing in My Nuddypants
Demystifying the Autistic Experience
Descartes' Baby
Dilemmas of Desire
Doing It
Doing School
Dying to Be Thin
Eating an Artichoke
Educating Children With Autism
Elijah's Cup
Ellison the Elephant
Emerald City Blues
Emotional and Behavioral Problems of Young Children
Every Girl Tells a Story
Fast Girls
Feather Boy
Forever Young
Freaks, Geeks and Asperger Syndrome
Geography Club
Georgia Under Water
Girl in the Mirror
Good Girls
Goodbye Rune
Granny Torrelli Makes Soup
Growing Up Girl
Handbook for Boys
Healing ADD
Helping Children Cope With Disasters and Terrorism
Helping Parents, Youth, and Teachers Understand Medications for Behavioral and Emotional Problems
Hollow Kids
How Children Learn the Meanings of Words
How to Keep Your Teenager Out of Trouble and What to Do If You Can't
Hug Me
Intrusive Parenting
It's Me!
It's Perfectly Normal
Jake Riley
Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key
Juvenile-Onset Schizophrenia
Keeping the Moon
Killing Monsters
Kim: Empty Inside
Knocked Out by My Nunga-Nungas
Laura Numeroff's 10-Step Guide to Living with Your Monster
Learning About School Violence
Leo the Lightning Bug
Let Kids Be Kids
Liberation's Children
Life As We Know It
Lisa, Bright and Dark
Little Chicago
Lord of the Flies
Love and Sex
Love That Dog
Mastering Anger and Aggression
Mind Fields
Miss American Pie
Mom, Dad, I'm Gay.
More Than a Label
Myths of Childhood
New Hope for Children and Teens with Bipolar Disorder
No Two Alike
Not Much Just Chillin'
Odd Girl Out
Odd Girl Speaks Out
Of Mice and Metaphors
On the Frontier of Adulthood
One Hot Second
One in Thirteen
Ophelia Speaks
Ophelia's Mom
Our Journey Through High Functioning Autism and Asperger Syndrome
Out of the Dust
Overcoming School Anxiety
Parenting and the Child's World
Parenting Your Out-Of-Control Teenager
Pediatric Psychopharmacology
Period Pieces
Phobic and Anxiety Disorders in Children and Adolescents
Praising Boys Well
Praising Girls Well
Pretty in Punk
Princess in the Spotlight
Problem Child or Quirky Kid?
Psychotherapy As Praxis
Psychotherapy for Children and Adolescents
Raising a Self-Starter
Raising Blaze
Raising Resilient Children
Reclaiming Our Children
Redressing the Emperor
Reducing Adolescent Risk
Rethinking ADHD
Reweaving the Autistic Tapestry
Rineke Dijkstra
Ritalin is Not the Answer Action Guide
Running on Ritalin
Say Yes
Sexual Teens, Sexual Media
Short People
Should I Medicate My Child?
Skin Game
Staying Connected to Your Teenager
Stick Figure
Stoner & Spaz
Stop Arguing with Your Kids
Straight Talk about Your Child's Mental Health
Strong, Smart, & Bold
Student Depression
Survival Strategies for Parenting Children with Bipolar Disorder
Surviving Ophelia
Taking Charge of ADHD, Revised Edition
Taming the Troublesome Child
Targeting Autism
Teaching Problems and the Problems of Teaching
Teen Angst? Naaah
That Summer
The American Psychiatric Publishing Textbook Of Child And Adolescent Psychiatry
The Arctic Incident
The Bipolar Child
The Buffalo Tree
The Bully, the Bullied, and the Bystander
The Carnivorous Carnival
The Depressed Child
The Developing Mind
The Dragons of Autism
The Dream Bearer
The Dulcimer Boy
The Einstein Syndrome
The Epidemic
The Eternity Cube
The Explosive Child
The Field of the Dogs
The First Idea
The Identity Trap
The Inside Story on Teen Girls
The Little Tern
The Mean Girl Motive
The Men They Will Become
The Myth of Laziness
The New Gay Teenager
The Notebook Girls
The Nurture Assumption
The Opposite of Invisible
The Order of the Poison Oak
The Other Parent
The Present Moment in Psychotherapy and Everyday Life
The Real Truth About Teens and Sex
The Rise and Fall of the American Teenager
The Secret Lives of Girls
The Sex Lives of Teenagers
The Shared Heart
The Spider and the Bee
The Steps
The Thought that Counts
The Unhappy Child
The Vile Village
The Whole Child
Then Again, Maybe I Won't
Therapy with Children
Things I Have to Tell You
Touching Spirit Bear
Trauma in the Lives of Children
Treacherous Love
True Believer
Unhappy Teenagers
Way to Be!
We're Not Monsters
What about the Kids
What Would Joey Do?
What's Happening to My Body? Book for Boys
What's Happening to My Body? Book for Girls
When Nothing Matters Anymore
When Sex Goes to School
When Your Child Has an Eating Disorder
Where The Kissing Never Stops
Whose America?
Why Are You So Sad?
Worried All the Time
Yes, Your Teen Is Crazy!
You Hear Me
Young People and Mental Health
Your Child, Bully or Victim?
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