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Theories of Development

Baby Talk
An article from U.S. News and World Report describing research at American Universities devoted to learning more about how children learn language. It includes Chomsky's theory.
Canada's Drug Strategy
Site provides information about injection drugs; marijuana; and the relation between drugs and youth, seniors, Aboriginal people, and fetal alcohol syndrome.
Canadian Council on Social Development
Site provides statistics, reports, and reviews of issues concerning issues social development relevant to Canadians. There is an entire section devoted to the meaning of cultural diversity in Canada.
Child Development
Site provides links to articles concerning the development of infants to school-age children, language and communication development, intelligence development, emotional and social development, and brain development.
Child Development Resources
Includes a review of classic theories of child development (listed separately below), a bulletin board, and a set of links to other resources.
Children and Divorce
Site provides links to a collection of articles concerning children and divorce.
Dr. William Pollack
This site is supplementary to Dr. William Pollack's book, "Real Boys: Rescuing Our Sons From the Myths of Boyhood". There are links to a great page called "Advice From Real Boys' Voices" which includes advice on topics such as depression and bullying. Accessible Online Publishing
Site lists electronic papers and texts that discuss and address gender studies and related issues. Topics include sex, gender, sexual identity and sexuality, and cultural practices. This is a great place to begin research for a term paper or project.
Emotional Intelligence Site
"The information on this independent site covers everything from the academic and corporate definitions of emotional intelligence to articles on parenting, relationships and emotional and sexual abuse."
Gender Gallery
Site highlights popular media related to issues of gender and sexual orientation. It also provides links to online discussions, organizations, and resources.
Guide to the Internet for professionals in child mental health
"This paper offers an overall guide to the Internet and more specifically describes what is available to psychologists, psychiatrists and other professionals in child mental health. Ways in which the Internet can be accessed are outlined and comment is made on the place of the Internet in the future of child psychiatry and psychology. A glossary of terms used in this article is provided.".
Health Canada
Site provides a Canadian perspective on health issues.
Human Relations Publications
University of Missouri has written a number of web pages dedicated to topics in human relations. The ones on child development (e.g., Baby Basics: Social and Physical Development and How Preschoolers Develop: Body, Mind and Personality) are aimed at parents, but have some useful information for students.
International Society for Self and Identity
This is a website of an interdisciplinary association of social and behavioural scientists dedicated to the study of the human self. There are links to conferences, scholarly literature books, and online resources.
Jean Piaget
This article provides a brief summary of Piaget, the creator of an influential developmental theory.
Journal of Moral Education
This is a site that connects to the table of contents of the latest volumes of the Journal of Moral Education. Issues published relate to an interdisciplinary approach to moral education and development across the lifespan.
Journal of the AACAP
Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. Includes abstracts from the journal; topics include suicide and violence prevention, juvenile delinquency, grandparents, parents, and children at risk for depression.
National Association for Self-Esteem
This is the web page for the National Association for Self-Esteem (NASE). It provides links to the Self-Esteem Today magazine and also outlines NASE's mission statement.
Parent's Handbooks
Site provides parents with information about what is considered to be normal development for children and adolescents. It is a good resource for parents and/or people interested in social, emotional, and cognitive development of children and adolescents.
Peer Resources
Site allows you to learn about new developments in the peer support area, links to workshops, conferences, and literature.
Queendom: Experts in Personality and Intelligence Testing
Site provides a wide variety of online, interactive tests of personality, intelligence, and health-related dimensions. Apart from the many self-tests and quizzes (that are scored for you online) there are links to articles, resources, discussion boards, etc.
Sexual and Reproductive Health
This Canadian site deals with sexual and reproductive health. Although this site is intended for all ages, it offers selected links that may focus your area of interest. It is also linked to other sexual and reproductive health organizations, activities, programs, and services nationally.
Sibling Rivalry
"This short essay discusses the causes, consequences, and solutions to the many social, psychological, and family problems brought about by sibling rivalry."
"This Page is about behavioral individuality in infants, children and adults. It is intended as a clearinghouse for research and practical information about temperamental characteristics to be used by parents, students, professionals and others who have an interest in temperament".
The Maslow Nidus
This site provides links to articles written by Maslow.
The Methods of Developmental Psychology
Briefly discusses observational, experimental, cross-sectional & longitudinal designs.


Attachment Research Center
This site provides information about Bowlby's theory of attachment, the controversies associated with his theory, preverbal communication, attachment, aggression, and psychotherapy.
Attachment Theory and Research at Stony Brook
This is a University of Stony Brook site and it reviews the Bowlby-Ainsworth studies on attachment theory. It also provides links to attachment research, literature, and resources.
Birth Psychology
In the pages of the Association for Pre- & Perinatal Psychology and Health (APPPAH) "you'll be able to explore the many mental and emotional dimensions of pregnancy and birth in everything from scholarly articles to personal stories and late-breaking headlines.".
Canada's Children
Canada's Children: A Fact Sheet of Social Indicators - includes statistics on a number of topics including poverty, homelessness, child abuse, daycare, school achievement, teenage parenthood and others.
Child Development Abstracts & Bibliography Online Edition
This journal publishes abstracts of articles from a variety of other journals; this content is available online for a trial period.
Child Labour
This site is sponsored by the International Labour Organization and is concerned with the issues of child labour. Site may help orient someone trying to understand the possible problems associated with child labour.
Child Trauma Academy
Site provides a number of articles concerning many issues related to child abuse.
Child Trends Links
Links to welfare and poverty, teen pregnancy, trends and statistics, fatherhood, and children and youth.
Child Welfare Information Gateway
Child Welfare Information Gateway connects professionals and concerned citizens to timely, essential information and resources targeted to the safety, permanency, and well-being of children and families.
Child and Family News
Although this site is intended to supply ideas and information for journalists, students may be interested in reading about some of the issues concerning child and family news that Tufts University believes are notable. It may be useful for choosing a topic for a paper.
Child-Neuro Home Page
The main purpose of this site is to coordinate the available Internet resources concerning issues in child neurology, both for professionals and patients.
Childhood Years: Ages Six Through Twelve
An overview of development during middle childhood which includes social, emotional, physical, and cognitive growth is provided in this article.
Children Without Friends
Article discusses the problems that children without friends experience, the causes of peer rejection, and ways to improve social skills.
Children, Youth and Family Consortium Research Links
A list of research on children and adolescents compiled from a variety of sources put together by the University of Minnesota's Children, Youth, and Family Consortium. This includes reports on prevention, youth in single-parent families, resiliency and risk, adolescent nonmarital childbearing and welfare, child nutrition, and other topics.
Cultural Diversity and Early Education
This report discusses many issues related to cultural diversity and early education such as cultural diversity at home and the implications for early education.
Early Brain Development
This article discusses the importance of early brain development and some actions that foster brain development.
Early Brain Development
Article discusses brain development in infants and how it is influenced by interaction, touch, stable relationships, safe environments, self esteem, quality care, communication, play, music, and reading.
Early Childhood Behavior and Temperament Predict Later Substance Abuse
Article discusses how the early childhood behaviour, temper, gender differences, protective factors, and family relationships predict substance abuse later in life.
Early Learning Resources
List of links, books, and other materials for teaching 3-6 year olds to read, do math, tell time, etc.
Site describes the development of an embryo from fertilization to birth.
Emotional Learning in Infants: A Cross-Cultural Examination
Article describes how American parents and Kenyan Gusii parents treat their children differently and how the development of their children is affected by the two different styles.
Fetal Psychology
This article discusses the development of a fetus' ability to move, taste, hear, see, learn, and be alert.
Fostering Goodness: Teaching Parents to Facilitate Children's Moral Development
Article discusses the components of moral development and functioning children and how they can be influenced by various characteristics of parents.
How Early Experiences Affect Brain Development
Article discusses brain development in infants including the subtopics of emotional development, the effects of trauma and chronic stress, and how to encourage families to be supportive of their infant's brain development.
Jean Piaget
Article provides a brief biography of Jean Piaget and a summary of the four stages of his developmental theory.
Kids Health
Site provides information about the development of children and adolescents. It also provides information about the health issues they may face.
Language Development in Children
Site provides a chart of typical milestones in the language development of children.
Pediatric Psychiatry Pamphlets
A series of "pamphlets" about child and adolescent psychiatric disorders written by a pediatric psychiatrist "meant to address the specific culture of western Nova Scotia". Included are attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, oppositional defiant disorder and conduct disorder, panic, separation anxiety disorder and agoraphobia.
Principles of Heredity
A brief explanation of genetics and heredity. Includes self-tests to determine amount of material recalled.
Social and Emotional Development Milestones
Site provides a summary of children's self awareness and of their ability to interact with others at various ages.
Society for Research in Adult Development
"The international membership of the Society for Research in Adult Development includes people from all disciplines who are interested in positive adult development. Positive adult development refers to development starting in late adolescence and continuing through life. The focus is on expanded capabilities and changes that improve the quality of life.".
Society for Research in Child Development
Members of this society endeavour to establish and maintain ethical standards for research with children and try to use the results of their research to influence policies made affecting children and their families.
The Beginnings of Behavior
A description of prenatal development (including a figure depicting prenatal development) and early reflexes. Includes self-tests to determine amount of material recalled.
The Child Psychologist
Site provides information about various developmental and learning disorders.
The Future of Children
Site provides links to journal articles concerning issues relevant to children.
The Origins of Babble
Article discusses the development of language in infants.
The Visible Embryo
This site offers a visual and written description of abnormal and normal development of a human embryo from conception to birth.
Toys As Brain Food
Article discusses the role that creative play has in a child's development.
Zero to Three
Site provides information concerning infants from the time they are born until the age of three. Some of the topics that are covered in the website are developmental milestones, brain development, and early literacy.


Adolescence Directory On-Line
ADOL: Adolescence Directory On-Line. Offers a number of links to sites related to adolescence. The Mental Health Issues link offers 18 topics including suicide, sexual abuse, adolescent development, eating disorders, grieving, and many others. When selected, each of the above topics provides links to several other web sites.(E.g., clicking on "adolescent development" resulted in 5 further links. Clicking on "normal adolescent development" resulted in a web page written by the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychology which described issues and characteristics of early, middle, and late adolescence.).
Adolescence: Change & Continuity
Students at Pennsylvania University created this extremely thorough website with dozens of links and references for information on adolescent development ranging from biological to social to family and peer influences.
Adolescent Growth and Development
Article discusses physical, cognitive, and psycho-social development and how it affects adolescents.
Adolescent Lovers Studied
Article discusses how "falling in love makes adolescents more depressed, and more prone to delinquency and alcohol abuse than they would have been if they'd avoided romance.".
Girls and Puberty: The Crisis Years
Article discusses some of the issues that girls are faced with during puberty such as self-esteem, health, and weight issues.
Normal Adolescent Development
Site discusses the typical thoughts and behaviors of adolescents as they develop.
Youth Drinking: Risk Factors and Consequences
Article presents a number of developmental and psychosocial risk factors for youth drinking and substance use as well as some of the possible consequences.

Adult and Gerontology

APA Division 20
Site of APA's Division for Adult Development and Aging contains many resources.
About Chronic Disease
Article provides some interesting facts about the prevalence of chronic disease among women and minority groups.
Aging and Death in Folklore
Site lists some common myths about aging and death.
Alzheimer's Society: About Dementia
Site provides information about the different types of dementia such as Alzheimer's, vascular, head injury, AIDS, alcohol-induced, and head injuries that have dementia-like symptoms.
Arthritis Canada
Site provides a link to the Arthritis Society which contains information about the disease that commonly plagues seniors.
Assessing and Managing Depression in the Terminally Ill Patient
Article discusses some of the barriers to recognizing depression in terminally ill patients. In order to illustrate the points made, case studies are provided along with examples of how to diagnose and treat depression.
Changing Career Patterns
It is very common in today's society for people to change careers throughout their working lives. This article discusses the influences that encourage career mobility and the qualities that enhance career mobility.
This site provides a summary of many of the issues that concern people with Dementia and Alzheimer's disease. Some of the topics covered in this website are diagnosis, treatment, caregiver's needs, and latest discoveries in the field.
Fighting Age-related Memory Decline
Article discusses how various types of food may help to help to slow memory or cognitive losses that occur when people age.
Gerontological Society of America
The home page to the Gerontological Society of America provides links to journals, web sites, and other resources concerning gerontology.
Going Solo
Article discusses how "unwed motherhood in industrial nations" has risen over the last forty years.
Lighting Design for Aging Eyes
Article discusses how the homes of older people should be lit.
Memory Loss, Aging, and Alzheimer's Disease
Dr. Marilyn S. Albert and Dr. Huntington Potter give a brief overview of Alzheimer's disease and its possible causes.
Psychology of Love: An Introduction
Site provides links to a number of articles about love. The articles discuss the historical background of love, current psychological theories of love, Freud's psychoanalytic theory of love, and attachment theories of love.
Sandwich Generation: Caught Between Caring for Parents and Kids
This article takes a look at the life of an adult woman who is responsible for caring for her mother and her own family. It gives you an idea of the types of stressors that adult children may face when having to care for a parent.
Sex and the Elderly
Contrary to common myths, the elderly are capable of having sexual lives. This article discusses some of the physical changes that occur in males and females as they age, the effects of various drugs they may be taking, the psychological and social factors they may have to face, and how some suggestions regarding how to adapt to the changes they are faced with.
Social Gerontology and the Aging Revolution
Site provides information about the biology and psychology of aging, aging across culture and time, and the institutional impacts of the aging revolution.
The Caregiver's Handbook
This handbook discusses caring for elders, provides ideas that caregivers can use to look after themselves, and discusses the emotional and intellectual well-being of the elderly.
The Effects of the Mother's Employment on the Family and the Child
Since the majority of mothers are now employed, this article takes a look at some the effects this has had on the children being raised, the father's role, the mother's sense of well being, child rearing patterns, and the effects of non-maternal care. A discussion of changing employment patterns is also provided.
The Health of Aboriginal Women
This article provides some astonishing facts about the health of aboriginal women compared to non-aboriginal women.
Theories of Aging Based on Predetermined or Programmed Events
A summary of both the pacemaker and the genetic theories of aging are provided.
Theories of Aging Based on Random Events
A summary of the following theories of aging are provided: cross-linking, wear and tear, free radical, rate of living, and somatic maturation.
When Seniors Drink: Alcoholism and the Elderly
Late onset alcoholism is often a problem that goes undiscovered. This article summarizes some of the reasons why late onset occurs and why it may remain a "hidden" disease.

Developmental Disorders

ADD Resources
ADD Resources is a rapidly growing national non-profit organization whose mission is to help people with ADD/ADHD achieve their full potential through support and education. Their website offers 100 free and carefully chosen articles helpful to adults with ADD/ADHD and to parents of children with ADD/ADHD, a free monthly eNews, 100 links to other ADHD-related websites, the National ADHD Directory, and more.
ADHD Just Doesn't Add Up to Brit Psych Society
An article from The Medical Post describing a report by the British Psychological Society which discusses the viewpoint that attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is over-diagnosed in Canada and the U.S.
Asperger Syndrome
Site provides information, papers, articles, and links to other web sites concerning Asperger Syndrome. Asperger Syndrome is characterizes people who "[have] normal intelligence and language development, but who also [exhibit] autistic-like behaviors and marked deficiencies in social and communication skills."
Asperger's Syndrome: The Geek Syndrome
Article discusses Asperger's syndrome and why there is an increased incidence in Silicon Valley.
Site provides information about autism, its causes, how it is diagnosed, and what can be done to help those who have it.
Autism Society of America
Offers support and information packages.
Center for the Study of Autism
Center for the Study of Autism. A U.S. organization that offers links to a number of topics related to autism including related disorders, issues, interventions, and other sites.
Childhood Neurodevelopmental Dysfunction and Learning Disorders
Article touches on the problems children have with attention, memory, language, organizational skills, neuromotor functioning, and social cognition.
Conduct Disorder Links
Links to information about conduct disorder including descriptions, treatment, and research.
Disorders of Childhood
A description of childhood disorders including attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder, conduct disorder, depression, and anxiety. Also provides 13 links to similar sites.
Fetal Alcohol Syndrome
Site provides information and links to a vast number of resources about fetal alcohol syndrome.
Helping Young Children Deal With Anger
Article discusses how children experience anger. There are three components to anger: the emotional experience, the expression of anger, and the understanding of anger.
LD Online
An interactive guide to learning disabilities for parents, teachers and children.
Nonverbal Learning Disorders
Article discusses different types of nonverbal learning disabilities including motoric, visual-spatial-organizational, and social disorders. It also provides some strategies that can be used to cope with the disorders.
Nonverbal Learning Disorders on the Web
Site provides information and resources about nonverbal learning disorders.
Overview of Autism
Site discusses the major characteristics of autism, subgroups of autism, related disorders, the causes of autism, physical abnormalities, sensory impairments, cognition, and interventions.
The National Center on Shaken Baby Syndrome
Provides information about shaken baby syndrome which is caused by the vigorous shaking of a baby that results in brain damage.
The Other Side of Attention Deficit Disorder
Site provides information about the positive and alternative views of ADD.
Tourette Syndrome Association
Site provides information and a number of online resources about Tourette Syndrome.
Williams Syndrome Association
Site provides information about Williams Syndrome which is a rare developmental disorder.

Theories of Development

Gilligan's In a Different Voice
A detailed but clear description of Gilligan's theory of moral development, based on her book "In a Different Voice".
Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs
Article discusses the different components of Maslow's hierarchy of needs.
Moral Development and Moral Education: An Overview
Article provides an overview of the theories created by Piaget, Kohlberg, Turiel, and Gilligan.
Social Development Theory
Brief summary of Vygotsky's theory including 3 references. Includes a link to Genetic Epistemology (which gives a brief summary of Piaget's theory, links to other theorists exploring intelligences, & several references).
The Child & Family WebGuide
The WebGuide is an online rating and review guide that contains six categories of information: Family, Education, Health, Typical Development, Childcare, and Activities. This site is intended for parents and students studying child development at the high school, undergraduate and graduate level.
Verbal and Intellectual Development
A brief overview of language and cognition (including Piaget's theory). Self-tests are also provided.

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