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Infant Development:
A Topical Approach, 3/E

Alan Fogel, University of Utah
Daniel S. Messinger, University of Miami

ISBN: 978-1-59738-154-3
458 pages / paper / $109.95

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Infant Development: A Topical Approach, Third Edition is a text for an infant development course that is organized around topics. This approach allows for coherent organization within domains such as sensorimotor, cognitive, brain, emotional, social, and communicative development in infancy. In addition, there are chapters that cover research methods, theory, prenatal development, childbirth, health and risk, family and culture, and the long-term effects of the infancy period.

Similar to Alan Fogel’s classic text, Infancy: Infant, Family, and Society, Seventh Edition (Sloan Publishing, 2024), which is organized by ages and stages, Infant Development: A Topical Approach brings the same balance of careful scientific review of the literature, a down-to-earth writing style that appeals to students, as well as many applied topics relevant to the life of infants and their families. These include infant maltreatment, attachment, poverty, infant mental health, and nutrition. Many topics are relevant to parenting such as prenatal maternal health, parental adaptation to a new baby, parental employment, and the effects of infants with special needs on families.

As in Infancy, many chapters contain simple experiential exercises that allow students to re-create for themselves the forms of self-awareness experienced by infants at different ages, as well as concrete suggestions for ways to connect with infants of different ages. Every chapter is introduced with a set of thought-provoking questions and ends with a brief summary.