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This paper outlines the debate of nature vs. nurture, discusses the developmental milestones that assess a child's physical, social, mental and cognitive developments and looks at the importance of the environment with a child's development. The paper also examines how Jean Piaget explains the development of children's cognitive abilities and how Sigmund Freud's psychoanalytic theory explains gender identity. The writer relates that these concepts of child psychology have given him the knowledge to appropriately and effectively contribute to a child's progress. The writer points out, however, that these concepts serve as mere guidelines and not strict predictions on what to expect from children as they grow older.
From the Paper:"The development of human behavior begins as soon as a child is born into this world. The way he looks at his environment as sound and color surround him, the way he regards his mother, or how he cries or laughs over a stimulus gives us a clue of what he will be like once he communicates through words. Child psychology is the study of a child's cognitive, emotional, and social development of children from infancy up to puberty. It also associates how children learn to communicate at different stages of physical development. Taking this course was an opportunity for me to learn about how children's minds and bodies develop."
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Child Psychology (2008, August 13) Retrieved March 08, 2021, from https://www.academon.com/term-paper/child-psychology-106753/
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