Encyclopedia of Infant and Early Childhood Development

Encyclopedia of Infant and Early Childhood Development

2nd Edition - March 3, 2020

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  • Editor-in-Chief: Janette B. Benson
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780128165126
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128165119

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Encyclopedia of Infant and Early Childhood Development, Second Edition, provides a comprehensive entry point into the existing literature on child development in the fields of psychology, genetics, neuroscience and sociology. Featuring 171 chapters, across 3 volumes, this work helps readers understand these developmental changes, when they occur, why they occur, how they occur, and the factors that influence development. Although some medical information is included, the emphasis lies mainly in normal growth, primarily from a psychological perspective. Comprehensive and in-depth scholarly articles cover theoretical, applied and basic science topics, providing an interdisciplinary approach. All articles have been completely updated, making this resource ideal for a wide range of readers, including advanced undergraduate and graduate students, researchers and clinicians in developmental psychology, medicine, nursing, social science and early childhood education.

Key Features

  • Cutting-edge content that cover the period of neonates to age three
  • Organized alphabetically by topic for ease of reference
  • Provides in-depth scholarly articles, covering theoretical, applied and basic science
  • Includes suggested readings at the end of each article


University and public libraries. Research laboratories and hospitals. Lay readers

Table of Contents

  • 1. Brain and Physical/Motor Development
    2. Cognition, Perception and Language
    3. Social and Emotional Development
    4. Clinical/Atypical
    5. Applied and/or Contextual

Product details

  • No. of pages: 1906
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Elsevier 2020
  • Published: March 3, 2020
  • Imprint: Elsevier
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780128165126
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128165119

About the Editor in Chief

Janette B. Benson

Janette B. Benson
Janette B. Benson is an Associate Professor in the Psychology Department at the University of Denver. She served for five years as the Director of the University-wide Office of Academic Assessment and co-chaired the successful University reaccreditation. Most recently she served as the Associate Dean of the Morgridge College of Education (2014-2017). Dr. Benson’s expertise is in cognitive and sensorimotor development in infancy and early childhood, and her research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, The MacArthur Foundation and the March of Dimes. Dr. Benson has published several articles, book chapters and has edited or co-edited several books, including The Encyclopedia of Infancy and Early Childhood Development. She has been the recipient of several awards and honors, including the University of Denver Scholar – Teacher of the Year (1993), the 2000 CASE Colorado Professor of the Year, a Carnegie Scholar, a Fellow of the Association for Psychological Science, member of the Board of Directors of Shortridge Academy, and the serial editor of Advances in Child Development and Behavior.

Affiliations and Expertise

Department of Psychology, University of Denver, CO, USA

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