An adequate introductory text in child psychology should both introduce the major theoretical and research issues in this burgeoning realm of the behavioral sciences and also provide those who will not go on to more advanced reading with interesting and accurate information about the application of psychological principles to important human concerns. Trapped within a framework that is either too erudite or too chatty, few such volumes achieve success on both fronts. It is thus refreshing to find the psychology of childhood and adolescence presented through a generally smooth and comprehensive integration of theory, research evidence, and social application in Singer and Singer's Psychological Development in Children.
Although the authors have adopted a predominantly chronological outline in their exposition, tracing the development of the child's behavior from its prenatal determinants to late adolescence, eight of the volume's 15 chapters are topical in emphasis. Thus, following developmental coverage of the first