The central theme of Social Development is that of socialization – how an essentially biological being becomes transformed into a highly sophisticated social being. Whilst giving full attention to the older and well–established aspects of our knowledge of social development but also to more recent topics such as research on behavior genetics, children′s theory of mind, post–infancy attachment development, and family dynamics. Throughout Professor Schaffer sets the findings within the context of the general aims and theoretical concerns that underpin the studies carried out, as well as of the methods used to obtain the knowledge gained. Due recognition is also given to the many practical implications of social development research for aspects such as day care, the development of anti–social behavior and family conflict.
The Questions Posed.
Conceptions and Preconceptions.
2. Biological Foundations:.
The Genetics of Behaviour.
Bases of Individuality.
3. Constructing the First Relationships:.
From Non–verbal to Verbal Communication.
Attachment: Nature and Development.
Attachment: Individual Differences.
4. Sense of Self: Sense of Other:.
The Self. Knowledge of Others.
5. Families, Parents and Social–Interaction:.
Families as Systems.
The Nature of Parenting.
6. From Other–Control to Self–Control:.
Parental Control Techniques and Child Compliance.
Learning Social Rules.
Prosocial and Antisocial Behaviour.
7. Extrafamilial Relationships:.
The Child in Society.
8. Social Experience and its Aftermath:.
Reversible or Irreversible?.
Continuity and Discontinuity.