The Handbook starts with an historical overview and follows with major sections. The first focusses on a variety of disciplinary perspectives. Following sections address influences on development, the family context, the peer group, social skills and social cognition, play, helping and moral reasoning, as well as cooperation, competition, aggression and bullying. These, in addition to the final section on children with special needs, make this volume appropriate for practitioners who deal with children as well as for college and university teachers, researchers, and advanced undergraduate and graduate students. Each chapter summarises existing knowledge in the field, synthesising the latest research in an accessible manner, whilst also highlighting areas of growing debate. Integration and coherence are provided by editorial commentaries prefacing each section.
Introduction: What is Social Development: Craig, W. M.
Part I: Social Relationships:.
1. Attachments: Infant–Mother Attachement: Ainsworth, M. D. S.
2. Parenting: Supportive Parenting, Ecological Context, and children′s Adjustment: A Seven Year Longitudinal Study: Pettit, B. S. Bates, J.E & Dodge, K. A.
3. Friendships: The Company They Keep: Friendships and Their Developmental Significance: Hartup, W.
4. Peer Relations Preadolescent Friendship and Peer Rejection as Predictors of Adult Adjustment: Bagwell, C.L., Newcomb, A. F., & Bukowski, W. M.
Part II: The School Context:.
5. Bullying and Victimization: Observations of Bullying and Victimization on the Schoolyard: Craig, W. & Pepler, D. J.
6. Friendship and School Adjustment: Friendship Quality as a Predictor of Young Children′s Early School Adjustment: Ladd, G., Kochenderfer, B. & Coleman, B.
7. Extracurricular Activities: Do Extra Curricular Activities Protect Against Early School Drop Out?: Mahoney, J. L. & Cairns, R. B.
Part III: Gender Identity, The Self, and Moral Development:.
8. Gender Differences: Gender and Relationships: Maccoby, E. E.
9. Self Concept: Structure, Stability, and Development of Young Children′s Self Concepts: A Multicohort Multioccasion Study: Marsh, H. W., Craven, R., & Debus, R.
10. Moral Reasoning: Children′s Reasoning about Interpersonal and Moral Conflicts: Smetana, J. G. Killen, M. & Turiel, E.
Part IV: Aggression:.
11. Forms of Aggression: Engagement in Gender Normative Versus Nonnormative Forms of Agression: Links to Social–Psychological Adjustment: Crick, N. R.
12. Development of Antisocial Behavior: A Developmental Perspective on Antisocial Behaviour: Patterson, G. R., Debaryshe, B. & Ramsey, E.
13. Prevention of Conduct Disorders: The Role of Social Context in The Prevention of Conduct Disorder: Coie, J. D. & Jacobs, M. R.