Child and Adolescent Psychology
Psych 4 Fall 2010
Tuesdays and Thursdays 10:30-12:00
Dr. Rita Butterfield
Emeritus Hall 1696
Phone : 707-664-2453
Office hours: Tuesdays 9am-10am; 4:30-5:30
Office: 1689 Emeritus Hall
This course provides an introduction to the scientific study of human development from the
prenatal period through adolescence. We will examine physical, cognitive, psychological,
emotional and social development, and the interrelationships between these domains across
childhood and adolescence.
The World of the Child (2
Cook, G. & Cook, J. 2009. Pearson (publisher).
The package you need to purchase includes the text and an access code for MyDevelopmentLab
). The access code comes free when purchased with a new copy of
the textbook at the SRJC bookstore. If you want to save money and are comfortable with
electronic text books, you can purchase access to MyDevelopmentLab separately at
; it comes
with access to the entire text on-line.
Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:
Distinguish among significant theoretical perspectives on the development of the child.
Differentiate between chromosomes and genes, recessive and dominant traits, and
monozygotic and dizygotic twins.
Discuss chromosomal and genetic abnormalities relevant to the psychological maladjustment
of the child.
Describe how psychological and environmental factors such as maternal stress, nutrition,
teratogens, sexually transmitted diseases, and drugs influence the development of the
Examine the brain structures, intellectual growth, perceptual processes, memory and language
development of the child in the infancy, childhood, and adolescent years.
Explain how attachment, social deprivation, child abuse and neglect, day care, temperament,
and gender differences influence the infant's social and emotional development.
Discuss the influence of parenting styles, siblings, peer interactions, and gender roles in the
early childhood years.
Describe the factors that contribute to and delineate treatment strategies for childhood obesity,
eating disorders, elimination disorders, ADHD, and learning disabilities.
9. Provide causal factors and treatment options for separation anxiety, conduct disorder,
childhood depression, and drug abuse in the middle childhood and adolescent years.
10. Discriminate among the various theories that describe the adolescent's self-concept,
emotional, cognitive, and moral development.
Methods of Instruction
The main teaching methods used in this course are lecture and discussion.
I appreciate an
interactive classroom, so questions and comments are encouraged. Please remember that if you