Understanding Emotional Development provides an insightful and comprehensive account of the development and affect of our emotions through infancy, childhood and adolescence. The book covers quite a lot of key topics:
- The nature and diversity of emotion and its role in our lives
- Differences between basic emotions, which we are all born with, and secondary social emotions which develop all over early social interactions
- The development of secondary social emotions; and the role of attachmentand other factors on this process which decide a childs’ emotional history and consequental emotional wellbeing or difficulties.
- Analysing, understanding and empathising with children experiencing emotional difficulties.
Drawing on research from neuroscience, psychology, education and social welfare, the book offers an integrated overview of contemporary research at the development of emotion. The chapters also imagine child welfare in clinical and educational practice, presenting case studies of individual children to illustrate the practical relevance of theory and research.
Written in an engaging and accessible style, the book includes quite a lot of useful pedagogical features to help student learning, including chapter summaries, discussion questions, and suggested reading. Understanding Emotional Development will provide valuable reading for students and professionals within the fields of psychology, social work, education, medicine, law and health.