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Reconciling Childhood and Youth Studies and developmental psychology

Montgomery, Heather and Tatlow-Golden, Mimi (2018). Reconciling Childhood and Youth Studies and developmental psychology. In: Montgomery, Heather and Robb, Martin eds. Children and young people's worlds. Bristol: Policy Press, pp. 7–24.

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Abstract

This chapter will discuss the sometimes fractious relationship between Childhood and Youth Studies (CYS) and developmental psychology, as well as the tentative steps being made to reconcile certain aspects of the two fields. Both have, at their centre, a desire to understand children and young people’s internal and external worlds and yet they have very different methods for doing so and very different ideologies. Neither is ‘right’ and neither presents a perfect paradigm for understanding children’s lives. Furthermore, psychology today is such a broad term, encompassing everything from social and cultural psychology to neuroscience, that to criticise ‘developmental psychology’ as if it were a uniform discipline is highly problematic. It is our contention in this chapter that both disciplines can usefully inform knowledge about children and young people’s experiences and that while there are tensions and debates between them, there can also be synergies and scope for collaboration.This is important because these debates at an academic or theoretical level influence the social policies and practices that affect children and young people’s lives: how children are understood has a bearing on how they are treated.

Item Type: Book Section
Copyright Holders: 2018 Open University
ISBN: 1-4473-4845-1, 978-1-4473-4845-0
Keywords: children; young people; Childhood and Youth Studies; psychology; development; interdisciplinary
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS) > Education, Childhood, Youth and Sport > Childhood, Youth and Sport > Childhood and Youth
Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS) > Education, Childhood, Youth and Sport > Childhood, Youth and Sport
Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS) > Education, Childhood, Youth and Sport
Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS)
Research Group: Childhood Youth and Sport Group (CYSG)
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Item ID: 55683
Depositing User: Mimi Tatlow-Golden
Date Deposited: 04 Jul 2018 09:53
Last Modified: 07 Dec 2018 11:09
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/55683
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