Child Development

  • P. S. B. Sarma


Development refers to the step-by-step unfolding of the potential of the organism. It involves altered function resulting from the interaction between growth (increase in the number and size of the cells) and experience (the sum of all internal and external stimulation). The sequence of steps is not automatic; it depends on central nervous system growth and life experience. Within certain limits, a favorable environment can accelerate the progression from one stage to another, and an unfavorable environment can delay full progression. There is a lower limit for the appearance of each stage. The full blooming of one stage often depends on how the previous stages went—this is the epigenetic concept of development. In this chapter the main focus will be on the behavioral aspects of child development; most of the other areas will be covered only briefly, if at all.


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