Developmental Psychology

Gjersoe, Nathalia and Havard, Catriona (2017). Developmental Psychology. In: Puri, Basant and Treasaden, Ian H. eds. Forensic Psychiatry,. Hodder Arnold, pp. 63–71.




Developmental psychology is a discipline that encapsulates the full spectrum of psychological processes throughout the life span. Theories developed as part of this research have important implications not just for our understanding of children's behavior and growth but also for how we conceptualize the human mind as a whole. Often there are processes so inextricably interwoven and sophisticated in adults that understanding them requires examination from their inception in the developing brain. This chapter focuses on the age range between infancy and late childhood and summarizes theories of children's cognitive, personality, social, and sexual development, concluding with an outline of current opinion regarding children's capacities as eyewitnesses.

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