Chapter 1: The People and the Field


For an overview of the theories of Erikson, Freud, Bowlby, and Piaget go to:

For a more in-depth understanding of this chapter, go to the following web links:


Vygotsky and Piaget:





This application of Bronfenbrenner’s Ecological Model adapted to family life helps us to understand how the model works in a "real life" situation:

This site from Loyola University views the whole child in many contexts:

An interesting take on the cohort effect using Morris Massey’s ideas can be found at:

For a better understanding of the role of genetics in your life, go to Facing Your Genetic Destiny: Part I, at:

and Facing Your Genetic Destiny: Part II, at:

A good source of links about the Human Genome Project and its implications can be found at:

This Web site for the American Journal of Human Genetics has the latest articles and abstracts on genetic research:

Founded in 1960, the Teratology Society is a multidisciplinary scientific organization whose members study the causes of abnormal development and birth defects, focusing at the fundamental and clinical level on the biological processes leading to these outcomes and also on effective preventative measures. The organization’s site can be found at:

This site also has an excellent link for information on specific teratogens and their effects:

A website with interesting information on sex-linked inheritance and colorblindness can be found at:

For information on decoding the human genome and the possibility of genetic discrimination, go to:

The Kids Health site on growth and development has more than 48 articles on a variety of subjects dealing with childhood and adolescent growth and development:

This is the second edition of the Guide to Clinical Preventive Services, a thoroughly updated and expanded version of the 1989 landmark report of the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF). The first edition of the Guide is widely regarded as the premier reference source on the effectiveness of clinical preventive service‑screening tests for early disease detection, immunizations to prevent infections, and counseling for risk reduction. This new edition carefully reviews the evidence for and against hundreds of preventive services, recommending test, immunization, or counseling intervention only when there is evidence of its effectiveness:

Authored and edited by Dr. Victor A. McKusick and his colleagues at Johns Hopkins and elsewhere, and developed for the World Wide Web by NCBI, the National Center for Biotechnology Information, this database is a catalog of human genes and genetic disorders:

This site for the National Fragile X Foundation contains a wealth of information on the syndrome and links to other sites:

An excellent overview of the Scientific Method can be found at this spot on the Discovery Channel:

Another good overview of the Scientific Method is at:

Here is a "clickable index" of the Scientific Method:

An overview of research methods (including cross-sectional research) that gives the advantages and disadvantages of each can be found at:

For variations on the basic research designs, go to:

The issue of ethics is important in current scientific research. The Human Genome Project has provided us with the basis for exploring many new avenues of research, including stem cell research. Look at this site and think about the ethics of this research:

Good information on research ethics can be found at:

The Ethics page of the American Psychological Association has some interesting material on this issue:

Here are two interesting sites with links on using children in research and how they are more vulnerable than other populations:

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