Research Methods in Lifespan Development

ISBN-10: 0205354815

ISBN-13: 9780205354818

Edition: 2006

Authors: Gary L. Creasey

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List price: $224.20
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Allyn & Bacon, Incorporated
Publication date: 8/11/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 464
Size: 7.75" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 2.2
Language: English

Basic Research Methods
General Research Strategies
The Field of Lifespan Development
Influences on Development
The Field of Lifespan Development: A Summary
General Research Methods
Initial Planning: The Importance of Theory
Research Designs
Using Analog Methods to Study Difficult-to-Manipulate Variables
Critiquing Designs
Controlling Validity Threats
The Participants: Today's Problems
The Participants: Tomorrow's Problems
The Experimenter
Controlling Threats to External Validity
Summary of Validity Threats
Developmental Designs
Cross-Sectional Designs
Longitudinal Designs
Time-Lag Designs
Modified Developmental Designs
Developmental Designs and Methods
Summary of Developmental Designs
Methods of Data Collection
Data-Collection Strategies I: Addressing "How"
Data-Collection Strategies II: Addressing "Good"
Summary of Data-Collection Methods
Chapter Summary
Identifying Introductory Terms
The Scientific, Applied, and Collaborative Nature of the Field
Participants, Researchers, and Research Settings
Sampling and Recruitment
Sampling Different Age Groups
Using Multiple Sampling Strategies to Obtain Sample Diversity
Summary of Sampling and Recruitment Methods
Ethical Issues in Human Development Research
The Institutional Review Board (IRB)
Informed Consent
Risks and Benefits
Vulnerable Populations
Summary of Ethical Issues
The Effects of Peer-Reputation Measures
The Experimenter
Experimenter Bias
Additional Sources of Subject Reactivity
Research Settings
Common Research Settings
Obtaining Parental Permission
The Neighborhood Walk
Emerging Rules for Internet Research
Summary of Research Settings
Chapter Summary
Research Navigator Exercise: Identifying Sampling, Recruiting, and Consent Procedures
Research Methods in Infant Development
Newborn and Biobehavioral Assessment
Major Methodological Issues
Sampling and Recruitment
The Importance of Infant State
Working with Vulnerable Infants
Summary of Methodological Issues
Neonatal Assessment
Common Perinatal Screening Strategies
Neonatal Behavioral Assessment Scale (NBAS)
Additional Behavioral-Assessment Scales
NBAS Training as an Intervention
Summary of Newborn Assessment
State Regulation and Arousal
Infant State Assessment
Using the "Breathing Bear" to Assist the State Regulation of Premature Infants
Assessment of Infant Crying
Physiological Indices of Arousal and Regulation
Summary of State Regulation and Arousal Assessment
Born Too Shy? A Longitudinal Study of Infant Reactivity
Growth and Motor Development
Physical Growth
Motor Development
Summary of Growth and Motor Development
Chapter Summary
Research Navigator Exercise: Read a Real Sad Study-The Assessment of Infant Crying
Assessing Infant Mental Abilities
Assessment of Infant Learning and Information Processing
Expectancy Formation
Physiological Measures to Tap Infant Learning
Instrumental Conditioning
Object-Hiding and Deferred-Imitation Paradigms
Summary of Infant Learning/Information-Processing Assessment
Infant Sensation and Perception
When's a Touch Too Much? Infant Massage Therapy
Chemical Sensation: Olfaction and Taste
Visual Perception
Auditory Perception
Cross-Modal Transfer
Summary of Infant Sensation and Perception
Object Concept Formation
Space, Time, and Number
Summary of Infant Cognition Methods
Testing Infant Mental Development
Bayley Scales of Infant Development
Battelle Developmental Inventory (BDI)
Summary of Infant Tests of Mental Development
Play Assessment
Methodological Considerations
Infant Free-Play Assessments
Elicited-Play Assessments
Summary of Play Assessment
Chapter Summary
Research Navigator Exercise: Object Permanence Methods
Assessing Infant Socioemotional Development
Capturing Early Emotional Development
Assessing Basic Infant Emotions
Cognitive Maturity
Emotional Elicitors
Measuring Emotional Expression and States
Facial Expressions in Infants Across Three Cultures
Summary of Early Emotional Development
Assessing Emotion Regulation
Definition and Basic Measurement Strategies
Predictors of Emotion Regulation
Summary of Emotion-Regulation Assessment
Assessing Infant Attachment
Definitional and Theoretical Issues
The Strange Situation
Modifying the Strange Situation
Attachment Behavior Q-Set
Variables that Predict Attachment Security or Insecurity
The Adult Attachment Interview
Is Attachment Security Universally Valued?
Adult Attachment Interview: A Brief Overview
Associations with Infant Attachment and Caregiver Sensitivity
Frightening or Frightened Caregiver Behavior
Summary of Adult Attachment Interview
Chapter Summary
Research Navigator Exercise: Infant Attachment
Research Methods in Child Development
Assessing Cognitive Processes in Children
Assessing Cognition I: Piagetian Techniques
Piaget's Theory: A Brief Overview
An Introduction to Piagetian Methods
Summary of Piagetian Theory and Tasks
Assessing Cognition II: Recent Techniques
Alteration of Task Requirements and Training
Assessing Domain-Specific Knowledge
Assessing Theory of Mind
Assessment of Sociodramatic Play
Conclusions and Piaget's Legacy
The Museum as a Research Context
Assessing Information Processing in Children
Major Components of the Information-Processing System
Assessing Information-Processing Components and Capabilities
Information-Processing Speed
Episodic Buffer "Space"
Assessing the Efficiency of Working Memory
Assessing Retrieval Strategies
Summary of Information-Processing Methods
Assessing Eyewitness Recall in Children
Chapter Summary
Research Navigator Exercise: Working Memory in Children
Assessing Child Intellect and Language
Assessing Child Intellect
Group-Administered Intelligence Tests
Individual Tests of Intelligence
Reliability and Validity of Intelligence Tests
Assessing "Total" Intelligence
Assessing Child Intellect: A Summary
Does Television-Viewing Warp Thinking?
Language Assessment
Types of Language Assessments
Language Development: A Very Brief Landscape
Major Considerations Regarding Language Assessment
Talking to Myself: The Assessment of Private Speech
Screening Infants and Children for Communicative Abilities
Comprehensive, Standardized Language Tests
Comprehensive Assessment of Language in Naturalistic Settings
Summary of Language Assessment
Assessing the Cognitive and Linguistic Environments of Children
Assessing Adult Mentorship Behavior
Beyond the Parent-Child Dyad
Assessing Learning and Cognitive Environments: A Summary
Chapter Summary
Research Navigator Exercise: Intelligence in Children
Assessing Social Development in Children
Obtaining Consistent, Accurate Data from Children
Are Children Good Informants?
How to Interview Children
The Use of Child Informants: A Summary
Assessing Self-Representation and Self-Esteem
Assessing Self-Representation
Assessing Self-Esteem
Summary of Self-Assessment
Assessing Gender-Related Thinking and Behavior in Children
Gender-Schema Theory
Sex As an Independent Variable
Assessing Gender-Related Attitudes and Preferences
Assessing Gender Constancy and Gender Identity
Assessing Gender-Related Behavior
Summary of Gender-Related Assessments
Assessing Prosocial Reasoning and Behavior
Assessing Perspective Taking
Assessing Moral Reasoning, Distributive Justice, and Social Conventions
Assessing Prosocial Behavior
Assessing Empathy and Sympathy
Assessing Aggression in Context
Assessing Prosocial Reasoning and Behavior: A Summary
Assessing Relationships with Others
Assessing Child-Caregiver Attachment
Assessing Peer Relationships
Assessing Relationships with Others: A Summary
Chapter Summary
Research Navigator Exercise: Bullies and Victims
Research Methods in Adolescent Development
Assessing Adolescent Development I: Biological, Cognitive, and Social Changes
Understanding Adolescent Development: A Brief Overview
A Contemporary Framework
Understanding Adolescent Development: A Summary
Assessing Pubertal Development
Assessing Hormonal Concentrations
An Event-Sampling Method for Documenting Mood Changes
Assessing Pubertal Change and Status
Measuring Pubertal Development: A Summary
Measuring Cognitive Changes in Adolescence
Piaget's Perspective on Adolescent Thought
Linking Social and Cognitive Development
Piagetian Theory and Methods: A Summary
Assessing Adolescent Information Processing
Summary of Cognitive Assessment
Assessing Social Change
Social Changes in the Family Context
Assessing Social Changes in the Peer Group
Assessing Adolescent-Adult Transitions
Assessing Social Changes: A Summary
Chapter Summary
Research Navigator Exercise: Adolescents and Culture
Assessing Adolescent Development II: The Developmental Outcomes
Attachment and Intimacy
Some Remaining Questions
Assessing Attachment and Intimacy: A Summary
Emotional Autonomy
Behavioral Autonomy
Value Autonomy
Some Conclusions About Autonomy Assessment
Erikson's Theory: A Brief Overview
Identity: Additional Methodological and Theoretical Issues
Is Erikson's Theory Developmentally Valid?
Some Conclusions Regarding Identity Assessment
Assessing Educational Achievement
Assessing Occupational Aspirations
Achievement: A Summary
Locating Research Contexts and Samples
What to Assess?
Some Remaining Methodological and Theoretical Issues
Assessing Sexuality: Some Concluding Thoughts
Chapter Summary
Research Navigator Exercise: Adolescents and Sex
Research Methods in Adult Development and Aging
Methodological Issues in Adult Development Research I: Biological and Cognitive Changes
Methodological Issues Facing Adult Developmentalists
What Influences Development?
Maximizing Data Quality
Assessing Biological and Health Ramifications of Aging
The Biology of Aging: Methodological Considerations
Health, Disease, and Health Risk
Stress and Coping: Methodological Issues
Stress: Definitional and Methodological Issues
Stress Outcomes
The Assessment of Coping
Parents are Hassled: No Kidding Around
Adult Cognition
Can We Reverse Cognitive Decline?
Information Processing and Memory
Qualitative Cognitive Changes
Chapter Summary
Research Navigator Exercise: Stress and Coping
Methodological Issues in Adult Development Research II: Personality and Social Processes
Methodological Approaches to Personality Development
Trait Theory and Research
Assessing the Personalities of Children
Stage Theories of Personality
Assessing the Context of Marriage
Marital Behavior
Marital Cognitions
Marital Quality
Methodological Issues in Parenting Research
What Child Outcomes Should I Predict?
Parental Emotional Functioning
Parental Cognitions
Parenting Styles and Practices
Grandparenting and Intergenerational Relationships
The Theoretical Influence of Grandparents
The Intergenerational Effects of Parenting and Attachment
Variables That Influence Grandparent-Grandchild Relationships
Methodological Issues in Caregiving
Career Development: Methodological and Assessment Issues
The Adult Worker: Methodological Issues
Theories of Career Development
Assessing Career Development
Assessing Career-Development Outcomes
Chapter Summary
Research Navigator Exercise: Marital Satisfaction
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