What is it that determines what sort of person we become?
Is a child's future personality already determined at birth, or is a newborn baby like a blank sheet, waiting to be written on by life?
Is our personality determined by anything, or do we choose for ourselves who we are, create
ourselves out of nothing?
This bestselling introduction to emotional, psychological, intellectual and social development throughout the lifespan will help you explore these questions and many more.
Written for students training for careers in the helping professions, including nurses, social workers, occupational therapists, teachers and counsellors, the book covers topics which are central to understanding people whether they are clients, service users, patients or pupils. Following the shape of a human life, beginning with birth and ending with death, it combines theoretical concepts and reflective learning to help you develop an understanding of what makes human beings grow and change over their lives to inform your decisions and professional practice.
Publisher: SAGE Publications Ltd
Number of pages: 280
Weight: 510 g
Dimensions: 232 x 186 x 15 mm
Edition: 3rd Revised edition
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. -- Dr Jo Bell
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
I am pleased to endorse the second edition of Chris Beckett and Hilary Taylor book which sets out a clear and accessible text to guide students in understanding human growth and development. It is particularly beneficial as students begin their journey in exploring theories to help understand the course of human life and get to grips with the complexity of development. I recommend this book as an introduction for all levels of academic study. -- Dr Lesley Deacon
This text offers an insightful journey through the life course exploring the events and experiences that shape us into the individuals we are. The text combines the underpinning theories with a practical discussion and useful activities help to guide application of thinking throughout. The text is invaluable for students and academics alike and is relevant across a wide range of subject areas.
-- Liz Cade
An excellent book with an engaging style. Clear accessible information is supported by practical activities. A `must have' resource for those students and practitioners seeking to understand the application of a psychosocial approach to human growth and development.
-- Vivienne Dacre
Human Growth and Development provides an excellent foundation to understanding lifespan changes and dynamics for social work (or social and health care students). This informative text is supported by activities and case examples which help connect theory and practice in a meaningful way.
-- Fern Basnett
The language throughout is unambiguous and accessible, the summaries are concise and the case studies give good practical applications to the theoretical concepts....The book is easy to understand and well structured. The ideas are presented in a logical and coherent format, which makes it a fascinating read -- Ibadete Fetahu