Students attracted to both developmental psychology and social psychology often find that these have now become two almost independent disciplines. However, increasing numbers of researchers have begun to forge stronger connections between them, and the result is the now rapidly expanding developmental social psychology. This book is the first to synthesise this exciting new area for undergraduates. Taking a topic-based approach, it emphasises the social contexts of development and the developmental aspects of social reasoning and social behaviour. Topical events and contemporary social issues are integrated into the text to emphasise the connections between research and the real world. The book provides a unique synthesis of literatures in developmental and social psychology from North America, Europe and Australasia.
"This is an excellent book in many respects. It provides a detailed
review of a wide range of issues of concern to developmental and
social psychologists. It further provides a basis for a theoretical
and methodological integration of these two branches of
psychological investigation..... It is easily accessible,
thoughtfully organized and clearly written. It will be of interest
to teachers and researchers in these areas and will provide an
invaluable sourcebook for students." British Journal of
"... this book is notable for its strengths and
remarkable as the work of one person. It is also an accurate
reflection of a wide range of theory and research in basic
developmental and social psychology and, especially, the points of
intersection of those specialities." Contemporary
"All in all, Durkin's book constitutes a thorough,
well-organized and impeccably referenced textbook...
Developmental Social Psychology is an invaluable source for
any undergraduate studying developmental psychology, and all the
more so for the novel connections it invites the student to make
between the social and developmental literature." BPS
Developmental Psychology Section Newsletter, Spring 98
"Durkin's textbook provides a representative overview of the
discipline, one which addresses developmental psychology's Achilles
heel, the child's relation with the social world. Developmental
Social Psychology belongs to that genre of core undergraduate
textbooks with representative chapters on infancy, language, social
cognition, adolescence, moral development, adulthood and old age,
and I have little doubt that it will be hailed as a comprehensive
introduction to developmental psychology with a
social-psychological orientation." Michael A. Forrester, British
Journal of Psychology
2. Social Life and Infancy.
3. Attachment to Others.
4. Family and Peers.
5. The Development of Gender.
6. Language Development I: Origins and Course.
7. Language Development II: Social Dimensions of Acquisition and
8. The Development of Non-verbal Communication.
9. Social Cognition I: Understanding the Social World.
10. Social Cognition II: Social Reasoning and Societal
11. Social Cognition III: Social Interaction and Cognitive
12. The Development of Aggression.
13. The Development of Prosocial Behaviour.
14. Moral Development.
15. Adolescence I: Transitions.
16. Adolescence II: Entering the Adult World.
17. Adolescence III: Problems.
18. Adulthood I: Development, Relationships and Roles.
19. Adulthood II: Middle Age and the Later Years.