Research Methods in Developmental Psychology

  • Ann Birch
  • Tony Malim
Part of the Introductory Psychology Series book series (IPS)


At the end of this chapter you should be able to:
  1. 1

    describe a range of research designs and methods used in developmental psychology;

  2. 2

    discuss the strengths and limitations of each design or method.

Developmental psychology is the study of the psychological changes that take place between birth and old age. Most research has focused upon childhood and adolescence. The study of adults did not emerge to any great extent until after the second world war. Even today there are relatively few psychologists who study adulthood, and only the study of the aged has received substantial attention from researchers.


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Further Reading

  1. Bee H The developing child (4th Edition). New York Harper & Row 1985.Google Scholar
  2. Gardner H Developmental psychology. Boston, Toronto Little, Brown & Co. 1982.Google Scholar
  3. McGurk H Growing and changing. Methuen 1975.Google Scholar
  4. Mussen P, J J Conger, & J Kagan Child development and personality (6th Edition) New York Harper 1984.Google Scholar

Copyright information

© Ann Birch and Tony Malim 1988

Authors and Affiliations

  • Ann Birch
    • 1
  • Tony Malim
    • 2
  1. 1.Bristol UniversityUK
  2. 2.Lancaster UniversityUK

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