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Unformatted text preview: Social Development Thursday, October 04, 2007 Themes in Child-Development Research • Early development is related to later development but not perfectly • Development is always jointly influenced by heredity and environment • Children help determine their own development • Development in different domains is connected • Gender constancy: relates to cognitive domain Developmental Research Methods • Two Strategies to Measure Developmental Change • Longitudinal Research: behavior of one or more individuals Is measured as the subjects age Drawbacks: dropout rate (death), difficult to control subjects (distance), financial burdens (really expensive) • Cross-Sectional Research: people of different ages are compared at the same point in time Drawbacks: different cultural backgrounds Main Research Issues • Nature-Nurture Issue • Nature: traits, abilities, and capabilities inherited from one's parent Genetic • Nurture: environmental influences that shape behavior Environment • Stability vs. Change • Importance of early experiences If it is poor or missing, can later experience "make up" for it? Sometimes. Stability and change, one can mold the behavior of the baby • Continuous Change vs. Discontinuous Change • In continuous change, development is gradual • Discontinuous change occurs in distinct steps or stages...
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- Fall '07
- Developmental Psychology, high parental involvement, low parental involvement, high parental control, Anxious attachment Sensitive