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Child psychology is one of the many branches of psychology and one of the most frequently studied specialty areas. This particular branch focuses on the mind and behavior of children from prenatal development through adolescence. Child psychology deals not only with how children grow physically, but with their mental, emotional, and social development as well.
Historically, children were often viewed simply as smaller versions of adults. When Jean Piaget suggested that children actually think differently than adults, Albert Einstein proclaimed that the discovery was "so simple that only a genius could have thought of it."
Today, psychologists recognize that child psychology is unique and complex but may differ in terms of the unique perspective they take when approaching development. Experts also differ in their responses to some of the bigger questions in child psychology, such as whether early experiences matter more than later ones or whether nature or nurture plays a greater role in certain aspects of development.
Because childhood plays such an important role in the course of the rest of life, it is little wonder why this topic has become such an important one within psychology, sociology, and education. Experts focus only on the many influences that contribute to normal child development, but also to various factors that might lead to psychological problems during childhood. Self-esteem, school, parenting, social pressures and other subjects are all of tremendous interest to child psychologists who strive to help kids develop and grow in ways that are healthy and appropriate.
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*What does child psychology mean?
Child psychology is the study of the subconscious and conscious childhood development. Child psychologists observe how a child interacts with their parents, themselves, and the world, to understand their mental development.
*What are the main features of child psychology?
5 areas of child psychology...and what they teach us
- 1. Development. The study of child development is often divided into three broad areas: physical, cognitive, and social-emotional. ...
- Milestones. ...
- Behavior. ...
- Emotions. ...
*What it takes to be a child psychologist?
Becoming a child psychologist requires a minimum of a master's degree, with a major in child development or clinical psychology studies. Psychologists need a Ph. D., which focuses on research, or a Psy. D., which focuses on clinical practice, to advance to top positions in the field.
*Here are the four cognitive stages of childhood development as identified by Jean Piaget:
- Sensorimotor Stage: Birth through about 2 years. ...
- Preoperational Stage: Ages 2 through 7. ...
- Concrete Operational Stage: Ages 7 through 11. ...
- Formal Operational Stage: Ages 11 and older.
*What are the 10 things every child needs?
Ten Things Every Child Needs
- Loving Touches.
- Stable relationships.
- A Safe, Healthy Environment.
- Quality Childcare.
*What are the 5 main areas of child development?
Children develop skills in five main areas of development:
- Cognitive Development. This is the child's ability to learn and solve problems. ...
- Social and Emotional Development. ...
- Speech and Language Development. ...
- Fine Motor Skill Development. ...
- Gross Motor Skill Development.
*Why should I become a child psychologist?
Child psychologists work with children,
generally under the age of 17, helping them to understand and cope with
a variety of emotional, developmental, and psychosocial issues.
Professionals in child psychology reap the benefits of helping others, working independently, or within an organization.
*What is the difference between a child therapist and a child psychologist?
A few states do allow school psychologists to only have a master's degree and a 1-year internship. Child psychologists may do individual and/or family therapy to help treat children and teenagers with emotional problems. ... Child psychiatrists, on the other hand, are licensed, physicians.
*What will a child psychologist do?
Child psychologists assess and treat children and adolescents. They help children cope with stresses like divorce, death, and family or school transitions. Their clientele may include children with a variety of developmental issues, from learning disabilities to severe mental illness.
*What can a child psychologist diagnose?
Pros: Clinical psychologists are trained to diagnose and treat mental, emotional and behavioral disorders, such as ADHD/co-existing conditions. They perform psychological assessments and are experts in providing psychotherapy, including CBT and family therapy.