Developmental Psych 9 8 09

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Developmental Psych 9 8 09 History of childhood and its study: How do we think and feel about children today? Children are special and need nurtured Vulnerable Innocent Easily influenced Children are our future We should invest in our children Childhood consists of distinct, unique periods: Newborn, infant, toddler, preschooler, early childhood, middle childhood, pre-adolescence, adolescence. Where do our beliefs about childhood and development come from? Historical and cultural attitudes toward children Ancient Times Children were valued by society o Important family members o Affection, training -> productive adults o Children sacrificed for good luck Childhood was difficult o Children were property o Infanticide o Training was harsh o No innocence, protection Middle Ages (5 th -14 th century) Harsh life- “nasty, brutish, and short” Unsanitary, no heat, crowded Violence and brutality were a part of every day life Children were property owned by father
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This note was uploaded on 02/26/2012 for the course PSY 310 taught by Professor Strauss during the Fall '10 term at Pittsburgh.

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