Appraising the Human Developmental Sciences: Essays in Honor of Merrill-Palmer Quarterly

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Gary W. Ladd
Wayne State University Press, 2007 - Psychology - 404 pages

The year 2004 marked the fiftieth anniversary of the Merrill-Palmer Quarterly: A Journal of Developmental Psychology, providing an occasion to celebrate the journal’s heritage and its long history of scholarly contributions to its field. This volume celebrates this milestone by bringing together twenty-three distinguished essays that showcase past accomplishments, current progress, and future challenges in the human developmental sciences.

The essays presented in this volume offer perspectives on many of the research domains and specialty areas that have been prominent in MPQ’s history. Accordingly, chapters are organized around ten conceptual themes, including methodological and interpretive considerations, cognitive development and learning, temperament and emotional development, children’s social development and peer relations, family relations, moral development, the nature-nurture debate and behavioral genetics, cultural psychology, early child care and school-readiness, and evidence-based programming and public policy. In addition, an introductory chapter provides a historical overview of MPQ, examining the events, persons, institutional forces, and publication trends that brought the journal into existence and have contributed to its success and longevity.

These commentaries are accessible and of interest to all who work with infants, children, adolescents, and families. As a result, this volume will appeal to researchers and professionals alike.

 

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Contents

MerrillPalmer Quarterly at Age 50 An Occasion for Appraising the Past Present and Future of the Human Developmental Sciences
Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of MerrillPalmer Quarterly
12
The Limitations of Concepts in Developmental Psychology
26
TheoryofMind Development Retrospect and Prospect
34
Cognitive Development Includes Global and DomainSpecific Processes
52
Learning About Learning
63
Temperament and the Pursuit of an Integrated Developmental Psychology
79
EmotionRelated Regulation An Emerging Construct
93
Progress and Prospects in the Psychology of Moral Development
222
Conscience in Childhood Past Present and Future
234
Genetics and Developmental Psychology
246
The NatureNurture Debate and Public Policy
258
Why We Need to Explore Development in Its Cultural Context
268
Historical Lessons The Value of Pluralism in Psychological Research
286
Early Child Care The Known and the Unknown
296
Early Learning and School Readiness Can Early Intervention Make a Difference?
325

The Role of Mental Representation in Social Development
117
Childrens Friendships Shifts Over a HalfCentury in Perspectives on Their Development and Their Effects
134
Paying Attention to and Not Neglecting Social Withdrawal and Social Isolation
152
The Next 50 Years Considering Gender as a Context for Understanding Young Childrens Peer Relationships
182
Understanding Childrens Family Worlds Family Transitions and Childrens Outcomes
196
Fathers Families and the Future A Plethora of Plausible Predictions
207
Contextual Factors in Risk and Prevention Research
347
Integrating Developmental Scholarship and Society From Dissemination and Accountability to EvidenceBased Programming and Policies
362
Contributors
379
Index
381
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Gary W. Ladd is professor of psychology and family and human development at Arizona State University.

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