Research Papers on Child Psychology

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  • Children's Depression and the Impact of Divorce

    A 10 page (M.L.A. style) proposal for researching the connection between divorce and depression among children. The divorce rate continues to increase, as does teen suicide and reports of depression in children. Many of today’s children are living with or through divorce, and some researchers maintain that we are creating divorce-engendered depression in children. The paper discusses proposed methods and provides a theoretical rationale for the study. The MLA-style bibliography lists 14 sources.

  • Depression in Children and Adolescents

    This 10 page paper provides recent research in depression in children and adolescents. Depression is discussed specifically for this age category. This is a paper that comes with PowerPoint slides. Speaker notes are included at no additional charge. Bibliography lists 10 sources.

  • Conduct Disorder: A Review of the Literature and a Proposed Study

    A 17 page overview of conduct disorder. This paper relates that the author's own childhood experiences cemented their interest in this disorder. A detailed review of five articles is provided as is a proposal for additional research. Bibliography lists 9 sources.

  • Research Proposal on Hyperactivity

    An 8 page hypothetical research proposal that outlines the parameters of how a student might address researching an aspect of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder in children. The writer suggests exploring ADHD children who are not on medication as the proposed topic. The majority of this paper consists of roughly a six-page literature review. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

  • Art Therapy And ADHD - Research Proposal

    This 15 page paper has several sections or chapters: introduction, research questions, description of three theories (Piaget, Erikson, and Rogers), ADHD, art therapy, using art therapy with ADHD children, methodology, application of method, results, discussion and conclusions. Bibliography lists 14 sources.

  • Infant Imitation Representational Research Proposal

    This 6 page paper is a research proposal to study the influences on infant imitation of facial expressions. The proposal is for a study that will compare two sample groups, and seek to ascertain if other associated factors, such as noise or movement will enhance the level or quality of the imitation. The paper outlines the reasoning, the methodology, including participants, materials, procedures and analysis, and outlines how it will be presented when finished. The bibliography cites 8 sources.

  • Research Study Proposal on the Effects of Television Violence on Children

    3 pages in length. The undeniable impact of television upon rising juvenile violence is felt in myriad forms, not the least of which is within the school setting. With children completely desensitized to death and injury due to constant exposure through television, it comes as no surprise that they take such influences and apply them to real-life situations to the point where guns and other weapons have become a great cause for concern on school grounds. Bibliography lists 1 source.

  • Special Education and ADHD

    This 30 page paper provides an overview of a dissertation study on ADHD. This paper integrates a review of literature and a methodology and shows how a study could be conducted. Bibliography lists 15 sources

  • Case Study Questions on Development

    A 5 page paper that answers specific questions about a case study involving a misbehaving five-year-old boy. The writer addresses issues in the child’s development and suggests interventions. Bibliography lists 1 source.

  • Case Study: 11-Year-Old-Boy

    3 pages in length. After an uneventful birth, Carlos met and surpassed his first-year milestones but was not a bright and curious child who eagerly developed an understanding of the world around him; rather, he struggled emotionally due to the lack of supportive presence from his mother who did not want the pregnancy in the first place and a father whose own mental stability was in question. Now at eleven years old, Carlos has undergone a number of traumatic events not typically associated with his age group and has had great difficulty coping with the emotional insecurity he unwittingly developed during his most formative years. This instability has been manifesting itself in the form of truancy, aggressive behavior and violent tendencies. No bibliography. TLCcsboy.rtf

  • Separation Anxiety and Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD): The Case of "Jordan"

    This 6 page paper provide an overview of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) in a single case study. This paper also relates the link between OCD and separation anxiety in this case. Bibliography lists 2 sources.

  • Assessments of Sexually Abused Children and Art Therapy

    This 16 page paper provides an overview of the use of art therapy in assessing child victims of sexual abuse. This paper relates the fact that childhood sexual abuse is a problem of increasing magnitude in the United States. Children who are sexually abused often know their abusers and research suggests that some children who are abused by parents, family members, or clergy often create a normative view of the sexual abuse that creates a cycle of abuse. Bibliography lists 16 sources.

  • Sexual Abuse of Children in America

    Childhood sexual abuse is a problem of increasing magnitude in the United States. Children who are sexually abused often know their abusers and research suggests that some children who are abused by parents, family members, or clergy often create a normative view of the sexual abuse that creates a cycle of abuse. In fact, it can be argued that a large percentage of children who are sexually abused become sexual predators in adulthood, and prior to this, may participate in sexually abusive behaviors with other children. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

  • Long-Term Risks Associated With Childhood Sexual Abuse

    8 pages in length. Enduring childhood sexual abuse establishes a precedent for psychopathological responses into adulthood; anxiety, depression, obsessive/compulsive behavior, grief and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) are but a few of the manifestation when children are exposed to this mentally and physically invasive form of child abuse. Research has made a particularly pertinent connection between the onset of borderline personality disorder (BPD) in people who suffered sexual abuse as children; with females reflecting the vast majority of those who experience sexual abuse (Fergusson et al, 1996), this fact equates to women displaying a greater propensity toward BPD. Bibliography lists 10 sources.

  • Aspects of Child Abuse

    A 5 page paper which discusses various aspects of child abuse. Definitions are illustrated, demonstrating what actually constitutes an act as an abusive act. The focus of the paper deals with the issues of sexual abuse of young men by, either men or women. While there are clearly cases where the young man is not damaged, either mentally of physically, from such experiences, for the most part any sexual coercion of young men, by adults, can be considered as child abuse for it damages the child’s sense of safety and security. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

  • Youth and Children Psychosexual Development's Influential Concepts

    6 pages in length. Sexuality is an ever-evolving human behavior; from era to era and society to society, this particular aspect of humanity continues to reinvent itself as trends and disease dictate the path people take when it comes to sexual activity. Children and youth - who are only just beginning their entrance into sexual understanding and exploration - have also undergone considerable change in the way in which each group associates itself with sexuality, a continuously changing perspective that is influenced by myriad social elements. Bibliography lists 7 sources.

  • 4 Major Child Abuse Types, Treatment, Prevention, and Statistics

    This is a 3 page paper discussing child abuse. The four types of child abuse: physical, sexual, emotional and neglect affects over 879,000 children in the United States on an annual basis. In the past decade, it has been found that over 3 million suspected cases are reported each year. Perpetrators of the abuse are parents, caregivers, babysitters, relatives, and foster parents among others. While the rates of male and female children are around the same, female children suffer four times the rate of sexual abuse than males. In addition to the annual rates of abuse, approximately 1,200 children die each year from abuse and neglect with 85% of child fatalities occurring in children under the age of six. Each year new prevention and treatment programs are developed on national and state levels in order to lessen the incidence of child abuse through support programs and education. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

  • Sexual Matters and Parental Enlightenment

    This is a 16 page paper which discusses the benefits of parents communicating with their children about sexual matters. The bibliography has 5 sources.

  • ADHD: Legitimate Medical Diagnosis or Socially Constructed Disorder? - Ethical Concerns

    A 24 page discussion of the bioethics surrounding the controversial diagnosis of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. This paper explores the question of whether this condition has been created by overzealous parents, teachers, doctors, and the pharmaceutical industry.

  • Children, Depression, and Suicidal Tendencies

    A 10 page discussion of depression and suicidal tendencies among children. While the suicide rate has actually declined since the introduction of SSRIs, there is a growing concern that these drugs many contribute to suicidal thoughts and behavior among some children. Is it possible that the declining suicide rate is not a reflection of SSRI usage but of some other factor? This paper explores the validity of the concerns over SSRIs. Bibliography lists 9 sources.

  • Young Victims of Suicide and Depression

    A 9 page overview of two extremely alarming phenomena: childhood depression and suicide. Concerns regarding the use of Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRIs), one of the most widely prescribed drugs for childhood depression, a category that includes fluoxetine (Prozac[R]), fluvoxamine (Luvox[R]), paroxetine (Paxil[R]), and sertraline (Zoloft[R]), are addressed.

  • Children, Adolescents, and Divorce Effects

    A 10 page paper that explores the research addressing the effects of divorce on American children and adolescents. Data included regarding rates of divorce and number of children affected. Research is contradictory regarding the effects of divorce on children but most researchers conclude there are any number of negative effects on children ranging from higher suicide rates and higher high school drop-out rates to more health problems and poorer performance in school. Bibliography lists 8 sources.

  • Biographical Sketch of Bipolar Disorder

    A 14 page paper. The essay includes the definition, incidence, causes and symptoms of this mental illness and discusses the difficulty of diagnosing early onset of bipolar disorder. One of the issues with youth is the similarity to ADHD symptoms. The most effective treatment interventions are explained. The last section discusses suicide among bipolar disorder patients. A biographical sketch of a real person with bipolar disorder are intermingled in the text. Bibliography lists 9 sources.

  • Tourette's Syndrome Treatments Literature Review

    This 10 page report presents a literature review related to the treatment of Tourette’s syndrome. The DSM-IV definition of the syndrome is presented along with a review of six professional journals addressing the issue. Bibliography lists 8 sources.

  • Sibling Rivalry Literature Review

    This is a 7 page review of the literature on the issue of sibling rivalry which has uncovered several trends and several areas which obviously need more study. Several disciplines research sibling rivalry most especially psychology, sociology, communications and pediatrics. While some studies indicate that the older brother/younger sister remains the most negative of the dyads, other researchers believe that it is the closeness of age and gender which results in children trying to differentiate themselves from one another. Bibliography lists 11 sources.

  • Literature Review on Daycare's Positive and Negative Aspects

    This 4 page paper provides a literature review on daycare. Many studies are cited,each containing results to show both the positive and detrimental effects of daycare. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

  • Piaget/Preschoolers' Capacity for Reading and Math

    A 10 page research paper that includes a 136 word abstract that discusses Jean Piaget, the Swiss child psychologist, who is one of the most influential theorist of the twentieth century. This summary and investigation of his work, with a particular focus on his text, The Origins of Intelligence in Children, first of all, offers a broad overview of Piagetian theory and its constructive nature. This writer begins by considering the current trend to introduce academics, i.e., reading and math, to preschoolers and then sets this trend against the context of Piagetian theory in order to evaluate its efficacy. The conclusion that this leads to is that direct early academic instruction will not be successful and could very well be detrimental to the child. Bibliography lists 7 sources.

  • Anxiety In Children In The Classroom

    A 5 page paper. This essay on anxiety in children, reviews and comments on three journal articles that discuss the topic. The articles specifically deal with: strategies teachers can use to reduce anxiety; how anxiety and other factors affect student math performance; and treating and preventing test anxiety in the school. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • Does Divorce Affect The Children? - Literature Review

    18 pages in length. Divorce is the ugly reality of a failed marital union between two people; when children are involved, the ugliness is compounded by the pain they experience at the demise of their family unit. Toddler, adolescent or adult, divorce hits children hard at any age and leaves a list of psychological damage in its wake. When children are young, some argue parents should figure out how to keep the family intact through the developmental years until they are old enough to emotionally process the harsh reality. Others claim adolescence is the worst time to divorce because of the detrimental impact it has on the budding teen and his self-esteem. Then there are those who state there is no time in a child's life when they escape the ravages of divorce, even in adulthood. No matter the time of life when a child's parents divorce, this single source of emotional devastation is responsible for myriad psychological troubles. Bibliography lists 9 sources.

  • Children Who are Physically Abused, Depression, and Suicide

    An 8 page literature review investigating the psychological impacts of physical child abuse. The author emphasizes that the variables involved in this relationship are numerous and that the literature fails in delineating each of these variables. Bibliography lists 10 sources.

  • Confidentiality Issues When Counseling Minors

    A 7 page paper that addresses the issue of confidentiality when licensed professional counselors are counseling minors. There is a dearth of literature that deals with the topic of confidentiality when counseling minors outside of the school setting. Neither the Code of Ethics for the American Psychological Association nor the Code of Ethics for the American Counseling Association address this issue specifically. What little literature that could be found is discussed in this essay. The writer comments on the APA and ACA Code of Ethics. The issue of privilege is discussed. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

  • Causes and Effects of Child Abuse

    A 5 page overview of the many causes and impacts of child abuse. The author provides a review of the professional literature on the topic. Bibliography lists 9 sources.

  • Children, Adolescents, and Ethics of Psychologists

    A 10 page research paper that examines ethical dilemmas that psychologists encounter working with children and adolescents. While specific ethical codes endeavor to be precise, ethical dilemmas, nevertheless, continue to arise, particularly in regards to working with children, which range beyond the boundaries of such codes, creating controversy and debate. This literature review examines and discusses some of these ethical issues, with a particular focus on children and adolescents who are abused, runaway or homeless. Bibliography lists 10 sources.

  • Faust, Dimitrovsky, and Shacht's Naming Difficulties in Children with Dyslexia

    Faust, Dimitrovsky and Shacht (2003), in their article Naming Difficulties in Children with Dyslexia, relate the fact that children with learning disabilities, especially dyslexia, may in fact have a language processing problem that can be assessed, in an effort at developing better approaches to language learning. This 5 page paper provides an overview of the issue presented and relates it to the current literature. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

  • Various Age Groups and Developmental Psychology

    5 pages. An individual who is suffering from any one of many forms of mental illness can display many socially unaccepted behaviors; within this mindset the pathological personality has been found to be a prevalent occurrence. It can be argued, however, that a significant number of people engage in some form of pathological personality at some time during their formative youth without the added burden of being mentally ill. In this case, motivation for such behavior is often placed upon an unstable home life or other social factors. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

  • Classrooms and Developmental Psychology Applications

    This 4 page paper touches on the idea of how psychology may be applied in education. Much of the paper outlines theories from Erickson, Piaget, Freud and others. Developmental staging is discussed. Bibliography lists 2 sources.

  • United Kingdom Education and the Effects of Psychology Development

    Over time education has changed a great deal in the UK. This 5 page paper considers how the changes have been influenced by the development of knowledge and understanding of the human psyche and the study of psychology. The bibliography cites 5 sources.

  • Madness, Nature, and Cognitive Psychology

    This 12 page paper provides an overview of some of the basic elements of cognitive psychology, including Erikson's theories. This paper integrates a view of cognitive psychology that can be used in an understanding of nature and madness. Bibliography lists 15 sources.

  • Jean Piagot’s Contribution to Adolescent Psychology

    A 3 page paper which examines Jean Piagot’s contribution to adolescent psychology. Bibliography lists 2 sources.

  • Psychology and Self Esteem in Child Development

    10 pages in length. The psychological twists and turns that children face in their maturation years can be both thrilling and traumatic at the same time. In her book entitled "The Magic Years : Understanding and Handling the Problems of Early Childhood," Selma Fraiberg's approach to first recognizing and then addressing these stressful yet magical years is quite refreshing from a reader's perspective. The forty years that have worn wear upon this title do not negatively reflect upon current psychological issues that exist in child development; rather, they have helped to preserve Fraiberg's unique, entertaining and informational book much like a fine wine. The writer discusses childhood development in psychology with emphasis upon self-esteem. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

  • Insights about Teaching and Educational Psychology

    This 3 page paper reflects on the perspectives on educational psychology related through a course. This paper defines specific insights following coursework in this topic area. Bibliography lists 1 source.

  • Developmental Psychology - Observations

    This is a 3 page paper that provides an overview of developmental psychology. Observations from a Sunday school class are given. Bibliography lists 0 sources.

  • 'Writing Superheroes' by Dyson

    This 9 page paper provides a critical inquiry into this work in the realm of education and psychology and expands on some of the concepts inclusive of the importance of cognitive thoughts. The idea of the superhero is discussed but it is one part of this comprehensive book on reading, writing and child psychology. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

  • Parent and Child According to the Attachment Theory

    Attachment theory, although relatively new within the field of psychology, has become the basis for understanding the relationship between an infant and those around him or her, especially in terms of the primary caregiver, generally considered to be the mother. This 5 page paper explores the parent, child attachment according to attachment theory. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

  • Memory Suppression and Child Abuse

    Approximately 6 pages worth of technical (psychology) notes on memory suppression and its relevance to child abuse/molestation. Collective bibliography lists approximately 30 relevant sources.

  • Brook and Tseng's Research on the Correlation Between Negativity and Anger in Toddlers and Drug Use by Parents

    A 3 page overview of this 1996 study published in “Genetic, Social & General Psychology Monographs”. This paper reviews the researchers’ hypotheses, methods and conclusion. The researchers find that the mediational model hypothesis that one parental factor is capable of mediating the impact of another parental factor in terms of child behavior is supported.

  • Constructing Ego and Confidence in Children Who Are At Risk

    6 pages in length. Myriad theories and approaches are applied on a daily basis to encourage the development of ego and self-confidence in at-risk children, defined as those who suffer from deep-rooted emotional issues that typically stem from a poor upbringing. Medical technology notwithstanding, going back to the basics of psychology illustrates how sometimes the simplest of applications are the ones that work best, with particular emphasis upon the intrinsic value of exercise and animals. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

  • Child Development and the Theories of Jean Piaget and Sigmund Freud

    This 6 page report discusses the theories of Sigmund Freud and Jean Piaget in terms of their beliefs about children and child development and psychology. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

  • Child Development and Sigmund Freud

    This 5 page paper provides an overview of Freud's maternal attachment theory and underscores its importance for understanding child psychology. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

  • Six Year Old Child Assessed

    15 pages worth of observations relating to a 6 year old boy. The writer was studying child psychology and took notes on the child's naturalistic socialization, ability to interact & more. An interview with the boy's mother is included and the paper concludes with assessments based upon common knowledge and 4 supplemental articles cited in bibliography. It is concluded that the child has adjusted quite well from a psycho-social perspective.

  • Overview of Paranoid Personality Disorder

    This 10 page paper provides an overview of paranoid personality disorder (PPD), and the introduction of a group-centered perspective on this disorder for one child. This paper considers the progression of PPD through the application of Eriksonian psychology, and focuses on a treatment plan that integrates this psychological viewpoint along with a group-centered treatment approach. Bibliography lists 10 sources.

  • Adolescent Counseling and William Glasser's Theories

    A paper which consider how the theories of William Glasser are used in counseling adolescents, how these theories were developed, and the various influences both inside and outside psychology which impacted on Glasser’s work. A brief overview of the history of the relevant psychoanalytical models is included, in order to provide a background to Glasser’s own model. Bibliography lists 17 sources

  • Behaviorism And Preschool

    10 pages in length. Preschool is a time of many challenges for both student and teacher, inasmuch as this particular age group is just learning the tenets of social behavior outside the otherwise insulated aspect of family life. Utilizing the concept of behaviorism within the preschool setting provides the teacher - and parent - with the capacity to identify various behaviors and modify them in order to attain a better academic outcome. The extent to which behaviorism asserts that observable conduct represents the only true aspect of the science of psychology is both grand and far-reaching; that autistic preschoolers represent one population where behaviorism is particularly beneficial speaks to how this approach is both widespread and effective. Bibliography lists 9 sources.

  • Critiquing the Research Approach of Measuring Children's Anger

    A 13 page critique of the research conducted by A.J. Finch Jr. and Edward S. Eastman and published in the Journal of Psychology in 1983. Using a sample base of thirty-eight children (twenty-eight boys and ten girls) at the point of admission as patients at the Virginia Treatment Center (a short-term psychiatric hospital for children), the researchers delineate a significant relationship between the child’s own perception of their anger (as obtained through self reports) and reports of their behavior provided by peers at the time of admission. This paper concludes that there are many inadequacies in this research. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

  • An Overview of Child Development Issues

    In 15 pages, the author discusses child development. Children are not just small people. They are developmentally different from adults. This is a major concept that all parents must learn. An infant will develop at his/her own rate within a certain time span. They create their own sense of identity. In fact, it is important for a child to have a sense of identity. Children need to be supplied with the tools for learning and proper development. Child growth and development is the result of human biology, anthropology, medicine, sociology, and psychology. It is not only one area of science or social science. The topic is broad and can be overwhelming if one does not keep in mind the simple concept of nurture verses nature. A child must be nurtured. He/she should not be abused or thrown away. A child is a human being after all, and as such has not only the right to develop but also the right to develop in a manner that is acceptable, normal, healthy, and good for the child. Bibliography lists 12 sources.

  • Dreams and Infantile Sexuality According to Sigmund Freud

    A 5 page overview of Freud’s psychoanalytical thought as revealed by editor Peter Gay in “The Freud Reader”. Gay’s analysis of Freud’s work is directly relevant to two very specific questions: 1. Do dreams have any real psychic significance? 2. Does sexual instinct evolve only during puberty or is it an inherent factor for all age groups? No additional sources are listed.

  • Mapping the Mental Health Consequences of Childhood Sexual Abuse

    This 3 page paper provides an overview of an article on the use of the social/trauma model to understand the long-term issues that correspond with childhood sexual abuse. Bibliography lists 3 sources

  • Sexually Abused Children and Art Therapy Assessments

    This 5 page paper provides an overview of the current literature on the topic of Art Therapy and Assessments of Sexually Abused Children: Art as an Predictor for the Perpetration of Sexual Crimes by Children. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

  • Mozart Effect/Beneficial or a Gimmick?

    A 3 page research paper that looks at a specific baby product, in this case a CD of music by Mozart. Then , the writer discusses research in order to determine if the assertion of the product’s manufacturers that this product will increase a baby’s IQ has any merit. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

  • Child Well Being and Learning

    This 7 page paper discusses the way parents over emphasize learning with their infants to the detriment of overall development and well being of the child. Quotes cited from texts of experts in field. Bibliography lists 6 soruces.

  • Learned Influence Of Violence And Therapeutic Risks Of Treating Abused Children

    10 pages in length. The correlation between child abuse and subsequent emotional trauma is well documented; that the abusive cycle remains with the child into adulthood illustrates the deep-seated impact such an invasion has upon the individual. Also studied to a certain degree is the risk factors involved with therapeutic treatment applied to address post-traumatic impact. By the same token, child abuse has a tendency to encourage the same behavior in those who suffer the mistreatment, inasmuch as learned influence carries over and ultimately compels the abused adult to use violence to solve problems in his family. Bibliography lists 15 sources.

  • Social Skills Learned by Young Children

    A 5 page paper which examines how children develop social skills and what support can be provided to parents to enable them to raise their children to understand and respect others. Bibliography lists 7 sources.

  • Discrimination and Children

    A 7 page paper. The common belief is that children learn to be prejudiced against those who are different than themselves through socialization. In other words, they learn these negative racial and ethnic attitudes from their parents and other important persons in their lives as they are developing. The research says differently. Bibliography lists 7 sources.

  • Gender Bias and the Developmental Stages of Kohlberg

    This 4 page paper provides an overview of the issue of bias in mathematics education, with a focus on the way in which Kohlberg's developmetal stages can be used to understand gender bias. Bibliography lists 2 sources.

  • Assessments of Sexually Abused Children and Art Therapy

    This 16 page paper provides an overview of the use of art therapy in assessing child victims of sexual abuse. This paper relates the fact that childhood sexual abuse is a problem of increasing magnitude in the United States. Children who are sexually abused often know their abusers and research suggests that some children who are abused by parents, family members, or clergy often create a normative view of the sexual abuse that creates a cycle of abuse. Bibliography lists 16 sources.

  • Sexually Abused Children and Art Therapy Assessments

    This 5 page paper provides an overview of the current literature on the topic of Art Therapy and Assessments of Sexually Abused Children: Art as an Predictor for the Perpetration of Sexual Crimes by Children. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

  • Intervention - Recovered Memories And Trauma

    This 6 page paper begins with an introduction to the study identifying independent and dependent variables and comments on the difficulties of validating recovered memories, which are the dependent variable. The paper identifies the target population and the two types of therapeutic approaches that would be used with victims of recovered memories of child sexual abuse. Bibliography lists 8 sources.

  • Technology and Culture: The Electronic Media and Our Children

    A 5 page overview of how the electronic media impacts our children. This paper focuses on the relationship between violent media content and violent electronic games and our children’s propensity to be violent. Bibliography lists 7 sources.

  • Piaget and Vygotsky/Theories of Child Development

    A 3 page research paper that describes the child development theories of Jean Piaget and Lev Vygotsky. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

  • Elizabeth Spelke and Jean Piaget's Child Development Theories

    A 5 page overview of the child development theories of Jean Piaget and Elizabeth Spelke. While Piaget recognized that the seemingly meaningless activities of play could have a tremendous impact on the development of the child, he failed to recognize the importance of innate knowledge in regard to the way things are expected to behave. Spelke, on the other hand, recognized that human cognition consists of many specialized abilities which depend on innately specified knowledge and predisposition. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

  • Parenting in the First Person

    This 12 page paper is a first-person examination of various issues involved in parenting, such as parenting styles, punishment and discipline. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

  • Juvenile Delinquency and A Child's Emotional Needs

    This 18 page report discusses the fact that juvenile delinquency is directly related to a child not having his or her emotional needs met at a very early age. Issues associated with juvenile delinquency are always multi-faceted and present numerous challenges to parents, educators social service agencies, law enforcement, the court systems and, of course, to the actual child. Whether a child is abused, raised in poverty, has physical and/or mental problems, or any number of other difficulties, it is always the child who suffers and the child who should be kept at the forefront of society’s collective consciousness in addressing the problems of juvenile delinquency. Bibliography lists 22 sources.

  • Brook and Tseng's Research on the Correlation Between Negativity and Anger in Toddlers and Drug Use by Parents

    A 3 page overview of this 1996 study published in “Genetic, Social & General Psychology Monographs”. This paper reviews the researchers’ hypotheses, methods and conclusion. The researchers find that the mediational model hypothesis that one parental factor is capable of mediating the impact of another parental factor in terms of child behavior is supported.

  • Biographical Sketch of Bipolar Disorder

    A 14 page paper. The essay includes the definition, incidence, causes and symptoms of this mental illness and discusses the difficulty of diagnosing early onset of bipolar disorder. One of the issues with youth is the similarity to ADHD symptoms. The most effective treatment interventions are explained. The last section discusses suicide among bipolar disorder patients. A biographical sketch of a real person with bipolar disorder are intermingled in the text. Bibliography lists 9 sources.

  • Child Development and Blended Families

    This 10 page paper provides an overview of one book and two articles regarding the issue of blended families. This paper considers whether cohabitation is problematic for children of blended families. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

  • Children's Reactions to Being Told No

    A 24 page research paper emphasizing different disciplinary techniques. Emphasis is on how children respond to being told "no." The predominant reaction if rebellion and resentment. Other techniques for saying "no" were explored including Positive Discipline and Induction. Extensive bibliography is included.

  • Aspects Of Spanking Children

    8 pages in length. Hardly was there a time before society became so politically correct and oversensitive to the aspect of discipline that children were routinely swatted for misbehaving. Whether done with a belt, spatula or by hand, a child who defied established boundaries or spoke out of turn would learn a quick and painful lesson that - in theory - would deter the same misconduct from occurring again. Indeed, some children were either too stubborn or careless and earned subsequent spankings for treading on thin behavioral ice, however, this form of punishment was practically universal in its ability to teach children about wrong and right. Today, however, spanking is listed as corporal punishment and can send a parent or caregiver to jail. The climate of child discipline has become so hot that there is no middle ground where advocates and critics reside; you are either a heathen for laying a hand on your child or you are a spineless parent for failing to control inappropriate behavior. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

  • Spanking as a Detrimental Form of Discipline

    This 7 page paper provides a look at spanking inclusive of studies that show a detrimental effect on a child's behavior. Alternatives to corporal punishment are discussed. Outline is included. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

  • Freedom In Childhood And Adulthood: Compare/Contrast

    3 pages in length. The stages of human development are replete with myriad lessons that serve to carry into later phases. Gaining independence is an especially important time for a child inasmuch as it is one of the most significant stepping stones from one stage to the next. However, frustration is present in abundance during this time as the child has a much more liberal concept of freedom than the parent, which often results in the child's quest for independence being temporarily thwarted. Other times, it is the child's own inability to coordinate mobility with desire that impedes his quest for freedom. Adult freedom, by contrast, may or may not be governed by another person or entity; just because an individual is over the age of eighteen does not automatically mean he or she has carte blanche freedom. No bibliography.

  • Piaget and Development in Early Childhood

    An 8 page research paper that examines Piaget's period of childhood development. The writer also offers practical application of this knowledge mainly as it is applied in Montessori classrooms. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

  • Early Childhood Development, Ages 2-5

    This 6 page paper discusses the topic using three primary stage theorists, Freud, Erikson and Piaget but reporting only the stages that incorporate these ages. The writer also discusses attachment theory. Throughout the essay, the write comments on the importance of human services professionals knowing these theories. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

  • Is Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) Over Diagnosed?

    This 11 page paper considerers the arguments for and against the proposition that ADHD is being over diagnosed. The paper looks at how ADHD may be diagnosed, the difficulties in diagnoses and how there is the potential for over diagnosis. After this the evidence for and against is considered citing various research papers. The bibliography cites 20 sources.

  • Art Therapy And ADHD - Research Proposal

    This 15 page paper has several sections or chapters: introduction, research questions, description of three theories (Piaget, Erikson, and Rogers), ADHD, art therapy, using art therapy with ADHD children, methodology, application of method, results, discussion and conclusions. Bibliography lists 14 sources.

  • The Controversies over Autism and its Impact on Treatment Choices

    This 20 page paper provides an overview of the issue of autism and the causative factors for autism. This paper considers three different views of the potential cause of autism and then relates the views of parents of children with autism through a proposed questionnaire survey. Bibliography lists 11 sources.

  • Social Systems Theory and Foster Care

    This 13 page paper discusses social systems theory in general and foster care specifically and in detail; and touches on reasons why foster care children do poorly in school. Bibliography lists 10 sources.

  • The Psychological Impact of Separation from their Parents on Foster Children

    This 3 page paper discusses the impact of their separation from their parents on foster children, and some of the problems observed with children in foster care. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

  • An Attention Deficit Disorder Hypothesis

    The job of teacher is inclusive of a number of diverse variables that are ever evolving and in need of individualization to each student. This 10 page paper presents a study with the hypothesis: teachers can be influential in the detection and treatment of ADHD as well as providing effective teaching strategies. Bibliography lists 10 sources.

  • Research Proposal on Hyperactivity

    An 8 page hypothetical research proposal that outlines the parameters of how a student might address researching an aspect of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder in children. The writer suggests exploring ADHD children who are not on medication as the proposed topic. The majority of this paper consists of roughly a six-page literature review. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

  • Classrooms and Developmental Psychology Applications

    This 4 page paper touches on the idea of how psychology may be applied in education. Much of the paper outlines theories from Erickson, Piaget, Freud and others. Developmental staging is discussed. Bibliography lists 2 sources.

  • Lost Childhood in the 'Band Candy' Episode of the Buffy The Vampire Slayer Television Series

    3 pages in length. There is truth to the saying that people are never satisfied with what they have, and it is not limited to material possessions. Children – seeking to attain freedom, independence and grownup privileges – are forever wishing they were older; adults, on the other hand – seeking to abandon responsibility, rediscover their freedom and remember when life was so much simpler – long to revisit their lost childhood. Clearly, the impact of adulthood, although a highly desirable commodity to those yet to reach it, ultimately becomes a daily quest just to maintain one's social, economic and personal duty, while at the same time finding some peace of mind. Children do not grasp the amount of responsibility required of an adult but rather only see the fun and limitless boundaries grownups have. An obscure way this is related comes from the "Band Candy" episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, where the adults unwittingly buy and consume fundraising candy that has been hexed with a youth-inducing spell. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

  • Young Victims of Suicide and Depression

    A 9 page overview of two extremely alarming phenomena: childhood depression and suicide. Concerns regarding the use of Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRIs), one of the most widely prescribed drugs for childhood depression, a category that includes fluoxetine (Prozac[R]), fluvoxamine (Luvox[R]), paroxetine (Paxil[R]), and sertraline (Zoloft[R]), are addressed.

  • Behaviorism And Preschool

    10 pages in length. Preschool is a time of many challenges for both student and teacher, inasmuch as this particular age group is just learning the tenets of social behavior outside the otherwise insulated aspect of family life. Utilizing the concept of behaviorism within the preschool setting provides the teacher - and parent - with the capacity to identify various behaviors and modify them in order to attain a better academic outcome. The extent to which behaviorism asserts that observable conduct represents the only true aspect of the science of psychology is both grand and far-reaching; that autistic preschoolers represent one population where behaviorism is particularly beneficial speaks to how this approach is both widespread and effective. Bibliography lists 9 sources.

  • Preoperative Stage of Jean Piaget's Developmental Theory

    3 pages in length. Swiss psychologist Jean Piaget's second of four developmental stages - preoperational - incorporates three primary growth indicators that include mental representation, language and symbol usage. Major limitations of this stage reflect that of ridged thinking, egocentrism and principle of conservation, a notion of how "quantity is unrelated to the arrangement and physical appearance of objects" (Feldman, 2006). The extent to which Piaget's second stage serves to lay the groundwork for speech, increased mental clarity and incorporation of symbolic gestures is both grand and far-reaching; that the corresponding limitations are soon rectified in the third stage speaks to the manner by which a child's progression is a palpable conduit from one stage to the next. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

  • The Importance of Direct Learning in the Childhood Development Theories of Jean Piaget

    This is a 7 page paper that provides an overview of the childhood development theories of Jean Piaget. It broadly examines the social, cognitive, and emotional/moral dimensions of human development. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

  • Child Development and the Theories of Jean Piaget

    A 5 page research paper that examines the childhood cognitive development theory of Swiss psychologist Jean Piaget. Piaget showed conclusively what parents have always known, which is that children do not think in the same manner as adults. His studies on the origin and nature of childhood cognitive development profoundly impacted both childcare and educational practice. This examination of recent literature on Piaget's theoretical perspective demonstrates that his work is still greatly influencing thought on childhood development. Bibliography lists 8 sources.

  • Mental Health Counseling: Child Abuse And Neglect

    7 pages in length. Antisocial behavior is considered one of the many consequences adolescents and adults harbor from childhood abuse/neglect, as are issues of intimate bonding and repeating the harmful behavior inflicted upon the child. It has been noted how an individual reaches a certain breaking point during intervention when he or she admits to the hurt that has long existed, in addition to the humiliation and grief typically associated with child abuse/neglect. Analyzing theoretical perspectives and therapeutic approaches provides a significantly better understanding of what steps are required in order to help the abused/neglected child work through his damaged psyche. Bibliography lists 8 sources.

  • Separation Anxiety and Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD): The Case of "Jordan"

    This 6 page paper provide an overview of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) in a single case study. This paper also relates the link between OCD and separation anxiety in this case. Bibliography lists 2 sources.

  • Gendered Interpretations and Development of Language Relating to Childhood Cognitive Development

    This 11 page paper provides an overview of the connection between cognitive development and language development. Further, this paper also relates the issue of gendered interpretations as they apply to an understanding of language development. Bibliography lists 8 sources.

  • Child Language Disorders

    A 3 page overview of child language disorders. This paper outlines how to recognize and treat these problems. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

  • Client Centered Therapeutic Approach Case Study Involving an Eight Year Old Boy

    This 5 page paper provides a hypothetical case study taken from a student's submission and then goes on to analyze it with the assumption that client centered therapy would be implemented. The case involves a shy third grader who is overprotected and has abandonment issues. Recommendations are made. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • Anxiety In Children In The Classroom

    A 5 page paper. This essay on anxiety in children, reviews and comments on three journal articles that discuss the topic. The articles specifically deal with: strategies teachers can use to reduce anxiety; how anxiety and other factors affect student math performance; and treating and preventing test anxiety in the school. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • Children and the Effects of Media Violence

    This 7 page paper examines screen violence through several studies. The paper concludes that while violence to emanate from media is detrimental, there are ways to mitigate the outcome. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • Discussion of the 'Middle Child Syndrome'

    31 pages in length. With the trials and tribulations of Jan Brady firmly entrenched in the American psyche, one might have thought that the Middle Child Syndrome was nothing more than a spoiled brat acting out her insecurities no differently than any other child. However, since the time of The Brady Bunch more than two decades ago, the psychological community has come to realize that there is, indeed, an issue of self-esteem with regard to middle children. Parents who have three children do not consciously realize the varied ways in which they relate to each child, inasmuch as the eldest child typically maintains a role of responsibility; the youngest assumes the role as baby; and the middle child gets lost somewhere in the shuffle. Given no identity like his or her siblings, the middle child comes to feel left out and unimportant – two of the most detrimental aspects of health self-esteem. Bibliography lists 23 sources.

  • Television and Its Negative Effects on Children

    This 4 page paper examines research on this compelling topic and argues that television is bad for children. Aggression and television violence is the primary topic discussed. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

  • Peer Rejection

    This 3 page paper looks at peer rejection including some of the causes and aggravating factors, the short and long term results of peer rejection and the use of intervention strategies. The bibliography cites 5 sources.

  • Factors That Affect Personality Development

    A 4 page paper that begins by explaining the three primary factors involved in personality development. The writer then discusses the effects of abuse and neglect on cognitive and personality development. Bibliography lists 2 sources.

  • Girls versus Boys Regarding Toilet Training

    A 4 page paper which argues that boys may well take longer to potty train than girls. Bibliography lists 2 sources.

  • The Development of Problem Solving Skills

    Piaget thought that problem solving abilities develop in late childhood. This 7 page paper considers this idea and compares the Piaget’s theory of cognitive development leading to problem solving with the work and theories of Erickson. The bibliography cites 6 sources.

  • Truddi Chase's When Rabbit Howls

    A 3 page paper which summarizes Truddi Chase’s “When Rabbit Howls” and discusses its relevancy to psychiatric nursing. Bibliography lists 1 source.

  • How Children Develop a Sense of Morality

    A 6 page essay/research paper that discusses how children develop a sense of morality. For the most part, literature on the development of a moral sense in childhood and adolescence has bee dominated by the cognitive-developmental perspective espoused by Piaget's theory of moral judgment and Kohlberg's stage theory of moral development (Singer, 1999). The following discussion of how children develop a moral sense, first look specifically at these two theoretical models and then briefly describes the model formulated by James Rest. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • Children and Elective Mutism

    This 6-page paper focuses on elective mutism in children, its causes and potential treatments. The paper also discusses how elective mutism manifests itself in children. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

  • Sibling Rivalry Literature Review

    This is a 7 page review of the literature on the issue of sibling rivalry which has uncovered several trends and several areas which obviously need more study. Several disciplines research sibling rivalry most especially psychology, sociology, communications and pediatrics. While some studies indicate that the older brother/younger sister remains the most negative of the dyads, other researchers believe that it is the closeness of age and gender which results in children trying to differentiate themselves from one another. Bibliography lists 11 sources.

  • Birth Order's Effect on Sibling Rivalry

    This 15 page research paper investigates a sampling of current literature in order to discern what is empirically known about the effect of birth order on sibling rivalry. Conclusions and recommendations are drawn from this information. Bibliography lists 12 sources.

  • Insights about Teaching and Educational Psychology

    This 3 page paper reflects on the perspectives on educational psychology related through a course. This paper defines specific insights following coursework in this topic area. Bibliography lists 1 source.

  • Causes and Effects of Violence in Schools

    A 4 page discussion of the increase in school violence. The author presents the case that an increased violent content in the media, in television in particular, can be held responsible. Bibliography lists sources.

  • Children, Violence, and TV

    5 pages. Why is it that we are hearing more and more about violent crimes committed by children? The fairly recent phenomenon of school-aged kids killing their classmates and teachers for nothing more than the thrill of the act has parents and administrators up in arms. Out from all the bloodshed and terror of such despicable crimes comes the most obvious of questions: Why are kids killing each other? Bibliography lists 8 sources.

  • Impact Of Video Game Violence On Children

    4 pages in length. The debate over whether video game violence serves as little more than a negative influence is a continuing argument between critics who contend such violence images and scenarios are precursors to real-life violent behavior and others who point to beneficial aspects of virtual hostility that helps enhance mental processes as well as prepare children for social encounters as adolescents and adults. That one side of the debate is more viable than the other is not so much the focus of this ongoing dispute as is the validity of studies whose findings provide conflicting data pertaining to just how detrimental video game violence truly is within the mind of an impressionable child. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

  • Violence and Video Games

    A 3 page paper which argues that violence in video games is not a problem. Bibliography lists 7 sources.

  • Children and the Effects of Domestic Violence

    This 8 page research paper examines the long-term effects of domestic violence on children. Specifically discussed include signs and symptoms of behavior exhibited by children who have witnessed acts of domestic violence and what can be done to help them. Bibliography lists 12 sources.

  • Influences of Gender and Parental Interaction on Behavior and Attitudes

    A 6 page examination of attitudes and behavior, how they relate to identity formation and are influenced by factors such as parental influence and gender. Stresses how a child's persona, their identity, attitudes, and behavior are shaped during early childhood by parental and societal interaction and indeed by their own gender. Bibliography lists 8 sources.

  • Homeless and Runaway Youth

    In 15 pages the author discusses the dilemma of runaway/homeless youth. The plight of the runaway/homeless youth is a terrible one. Basically, they have been considered as ‘throwaway youth' by society. The value system of society is skewed when it will allow such a problem to continue. Bibliography lists 11 sources.

  • Working Parents and the Impact on Children

    This 5 page research paper discuses the controversy regarding the effects of having children in day care as opposed to having the child being cared for by a parent. Some researchers believe there is a negative effect, some do not think there is a negative effect. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

  • Special Needs Child Rearing

    A 6 page research paper investigating the stress parents experience raising a child who has exceptional needs. Topics include types of stress, family functioning, social support, implications for parents and counselors. Bibliography lists 7 sources.

  • How to Get Along With Difficult People by Florence Littauer

    A 6 page analysis of the Florence Littauer book, How to Get Along with Difficult People that gives a comprehensive overview of this work. Littauer uses the four personality classifications described by Hippocrates and applies to them recognizable modern characters that one might meet at church. Although written as a popular work, the writer argues that recent research tends to substantiate Littauer's categories and observations. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

  • Relationship Between Mother and Child and Mothers Who Work

    A 7 page research paper describing how the modern family has changed now that so many women are working full-time and not spending entire days with their children. The writer analyzes the effect that this social phenomenon has had on relationships between mothers and children-- arguing that mothers who work all day are not as apt to understand all needs communicated by their children and are consequently, unavoidably neglectful in some areas. Children do, however, often regard their maternal working parent much in the same light that they once did their father -- as a strict disciplinarian. Bibliography lists 7 sources.

  • Childhood's Toddler Stage of Development

    7 pages in length. Of all the formative stages of childhood, the toddler stage can present the most challenging for parents. It is at this point -- at age one, two and three -- that children learn to walk and begin to discover things they have not previously had the opportunity to experience. The range of age in which this occurs is relatively variable, because there is no set time when a child is supposed to enter this particular growth stage; however, the toddler stage is typically recognized between the ages of one and three years old. The writer discusses various growth and development aspects in relation to the toddler stage. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

  • Kids and the Influence of TV

    A 6 page research paper that examines the influence that television has on children. The writer focuses particularly on the negative effects of television violence and stresses that parental involvement is needed to mitigate and control television viewing. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

  • Disappearance of Childhood by Neil Postman

    A 10 page analysis of Neil Postman's book, The Disappearance of Childhood. In this book, Postman argues passionately that we are taking childhood away from our children. He presents an argument that encompasses not only the recent evolution of our present attitudes towards children, but also the historical development of the conception of childhood during the Middle Ages. No additional sources cited.

  • Two Children's Books Compared

    An 8 page comparison of Kathleen Berger's The Developing Person Through the Life Span and Marjorie Taylor's Imaginary Companions and the Children Who Create Them. These two very different books each address the way that human personality develops. Berger takes a wide perspective that encompasses the way human beings develop over the course of a lifetime. Taylor's book, on the other hand, has a narrow focus on one particular aspect of childhood development, i.e. the way children use fantasy and create imaginary companions. While these books are, of course, very different due to these differences in perspective, they also have similarities in content, which make them complementary in many respects. No additional sources cited.

  • Children and the Positive Impact of Television

    In 15 pages, the author discusses television and its positive effects on children. Bibliography lists 8 sources.

  • Self Esteem and Children

    8 pages in length. There are a number of variables that are pertinent to an individual's sense of self-esteem. Attaining a healthy self-perception is arguably one of the most difficult and ongoing of life tasks, in that it depends not only on intrinsic sources but also external environmental stimulation. From parental methods to school to social interaction, the extent to which children from infancy through late childhood develop self-esteem encompasses several elements. Bibliography lists 7 sources.

  • Personality and the Debate of Nature versus Nurture

    A 3 page research paper that addresses the question of which has the greatest influence on personality development—nature or nurture. The writer presents arguments on both sides and argues that both factors have to be considered. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • Wealth and Poverty and Issues of Social Identity

    This 6 page paper explores the realities and experiences of the socialization process between wealthy children and poor children. The differences between rich children and poor children is not something a child is born knowing. He or she is simply a child among other children regardless of how much money mommy and daddy make. It is the values imposed upon children by adults and, sadly, other children (who themselves have been overly influenced by adult values) that determine how a child views herself and others.

  • Violent Crime and its Impact Upon Victims, Offenders, and Society

    A 5 page paper that examines the pattern of modern crime and explores its effect on victims, offenders, and society. This paper focuses on the juvenile crime wave that began during the last half of the twentieth century and has continued into the twenty-first. Emphasis is placed on both the Columbine tragedy of 1999 and the Michigan tragedy of 2000. Bibliography lists 9 sources.

  • Digital Age and Parental Direction and Discipline

    A 9 page paper that examines conventional parenting styles and their applicability to the new conventional family unit of the twenty-first century. Discussed are the changes that traditional parenting styles underwent during the twentieth century due to the 1946 publication of Dr. Benjamin Spock's The Common Sense Book of Baby and Child Care. Also discussed are the views of those currently advocating a return to stricter parenting styles as well as the views of those opposing this return. Free outline included. Bibliography lists 10 sources.

 

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