© 1982

Social Development


Part of the Studies in Development Paediatrics book series (PAED, volume 4)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages 1-8
  2. Ruth Blunden
    Pages 9-10
  3. Ruth Blunden
    Pages 11-12
  4. Ruth Blunden
    Pages 13-31
  5. Ruth Blunden
    Pages 33-44
  6. Ruth Blunden
    Pages 45-58
  7. Ruth Blunden
    Pages 59-77
  8. Ruth Blunden
    Pages 79-94
  9. Ruth Blunden
    Pages 95-112
  10. Ruth Blunden
    Pages 113-129
  11. Ruth Blunden
    Pages 131-142
  12. Back Matter
    Pages 143-160

About this book


This book tries to trace the course of social development in the child from birth to maturity. It assumes that the neonate comes into the world with the endowment and the need to contact others, to attach itself to the surrounding humans and by this very endowment enforces these humans to attach themselves to it. The book follows the main vicissitudes in this process and describes in short outlines some of the disturbing manifestations of failure at different ages in the smooth progress of socialization - the process by which the child adapts to the requirements of the social group of which he is a member. In accordance with recent studies the book stresses the influence on social development of the wider environment. It is no longer believed that the quality of the early mother­ child relationship exclusively determines all later develop­ ment. The book also surveys the present state of assessment and treatment methods and tries to indicate where short intervention by the developmental paediatrician might be sufficient and where more long-term intensive treatment by specialists would be needed. The author agrees with A. M. and A. D. B. Clarke (1976) that early experiences, though powerful, are not irreversible, and that with changes in environmental circumstances, and with under- 9 Social development standing of the main causal factors for the deviance, the effect of adverse early events may be modified and develop­ ment towards normal social progress may to some extent be restored.


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Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Sir Wilfrid Sheldon Children’s CentreKing’s College Hospital Medical SchoolLondonUK

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Social Development
  • Authors R. Blunden
  • Series Title Studies in Development Paediatrics
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1982
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-0-85200-304-6
  • Softcover ISBN 978-94-010-9783-3
  • eBook ISBN 978-94-010-9781-9
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages , 160
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Pediatrics
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