This book provides a good foundation for understanding influences on children's health and development. The volume brings together in a single reference source the world's leading thinkers on children's health and development. It sets out the basic concepts that underpin the study of child development and response to impairments to development, including attachment, changes in brain structure, and resilience. The book explores the idea of life-course development, explaining how experiences at each stage in a person's life shapes his or her future. It goes on to example the relative contribution of societal, neighbourhood, school, family and individual influences to child well-being. This includes a look at the way these forces interact, such as when genes shape environments, and vice versa. The book summarises the evidence on the incidence and consequences of impairments to children's health and development, covering both the majority of typical children and the minority who experience significant problems.
Barbara Maughan, Professor, Research Fellow, Institute of Psychiatry, University of London, UK and Michael Little, Professor, Director, Social Research Unit at Dartington, UK/University of Chicago, USA Mary D. Salter Ainsworth, John Bowlby, Michael Rutter, Thomas G. O'Connor, English and Romanian Adoptees (ERA) Study Team, George C. Patton, Russell Viner, Glen H. Elder, Sandra Scarr, Kathleen McCartney, Kenneth S. Kendler, Jessica H. Baker, Frances A. Champagne, James P. Curley, Laurence Steinberg, J. Douglas Bremner, Barbara Maughan, Ann S. Masten, Anne Shaffer, Robert H. Bradley, Robert F. Corwyn, Karl L. Alexander, Doris R. Entwisle, Linda Steffel Olson, Rebecca Shiner, Avshalom Caspi, E. Jane Costello, Helen Egger, Adrian Angold, Debra L. Foley, Andrew Pickles, Tamsin Ford, Robert Goodman, Howard Meltzer, Panos Vostanis, Alaattin Erkanli, Stephan Collishaw, Nouchka T. Tick, Jan van der Ende, Frank C. Verhulst, Thomas M. Achenbach, Levent Dumenci, Leslie A. Rescorla.