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Infancy in America [electronic resource] : an encyclopedia /
[edited by] Alice Sterling Honig, Hiram E. Fitzgerald, Holly Brophy-Herb ; foreword by Joy D. Osofsky.
imprint
Santa Barbara, Calif. : ABC-CLIO, c2001.
description
2 v. (xxvi, 768 p.) : ill. ; 27 cm.
ISBN
1576072207 (hardcover : alk. paper), 9781576072202 (hardcover : alk. paper)
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imprint
Santa Barbara, Calif. : ABC-CLIO, c2001.
isbn
1576072207 (hardcover : alk. paper)
9781576072202 (hardcover : alk. paper)
restrictions
Licensed for access by U. of T. users.
contents note
v. 1. A-I -- v. 2. J-Z.
catalogue key
8329849
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
A Look Inside
Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Library Journal on 2001-11-15:
Only recently (in approximately the last 300 years) has infancy been recognized as an important stage in human development. This two-volume set on infancy features articles written by academics specializing in child psychology and human development. The alphabetically arranged entries, which range in length from a few sentences to several pages, cover concepts such as adaptation, developmental delay, and scaffolding and also include biographies of major contributors to the field such as Arnold Gesell and Jean Piaget. Longer articles address topics such as adolescent parenting, child abuse and neglect, play, and prenatal development. The approach is multidisciplinary, integrating clinical and policy issues and noting the diverse medical, psychological, and psychoanalytical influences that are part of child development studies. Ample cross references help users locate material, and the longer articles have supplemental reading lists. Two appendixes offer an annotated list of resources on infants and toddlers (web sites, books, videos) and the lyrics of popular songs for infants and toddlers. An extensive bibliography augments the text. While the Handbook of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (Wiley, 1997), Handbook of Clinical Child Psychology (Wiley, 2001. 3d ed.), and The Children's Hospital Guide to Your Child's Health and Development (LJ 2/1/01) include some of the same material, their scope is broader since they cover all of childhood and adolescence. Infancy in America is in fact unique in its focus on the earliest part of childhood. Although readers may note some minor exclusions, such as the lack of entries for Gesell's collaborators Louise Bates Ames and Francis Ilg and a slight anticircumcision bias, they will appreciate the large amount of interesting, useful material on subjects as diverse as preparing siblings for birth and family systems. Highly recommended for all collections. Barbara M. Bibel, Oakland P.L., CA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Appeared in Choice on 2002-06-01:
Editors Honig (Behavior Guidance for Infants and Toddlers, 1996) and Fitzgerald (Handbook of Infant Mental Health, 2000) have long and distinguished records in the field of infant and children studies. This set, one of six encyclopedias in ABC-CLIO's "American Family" series, is a solid compilation of articles on a wide variety of topics relating to infancy. Entries, arranged alphabetically, range in length from one or two sentences to several pages, and cover such topics as behavior assessment, history of child care, babbling, Apgar scale, voluntary hand use, patterns of child rearing, and eye contact. The entries are well written and include little jargon. Certain topics, such as breastfeeding, health and safety, and prenatal development, among others, are treated in detail, with illustrations, charts, references, and further readings. There is an extensive general bibliography. The encyclopedia therefore serves as both a quick reference resource and a good foundation for further study. Two appendixes cite with annotations Internet sources, books, and videos, and include song lyrics for infants and toddlers. Recommended for public libraries and undergraduate collections. B. Quarton California State University--San Bernardino
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"... a much-desired resource for infancy study ... It is recommended for university and larger public libraries." – American Reference Books Annual
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Library Journal, November 2001
Booklist, March 2002
Booklist, April 2002
Choice, June 2002
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Highlights: - From medical tests performed at birth to cultural concepts of child discipline, this encyclopedia covers a broad range of topics related to infancy in America- Includes practical tips and suggestions for infant care
Description for Reader
Covers a broad range of topics, from medical tests given at birth to cultural concepts of discipline How-to and suggestion sections on everyday problems and concerns, from breast feeding and bottle feeding to infant sleep habits and language development Includes biographies of significant historical figures in the world of infant development
Description for Reader
More than 500 entries, ranging from down-to-earth child-rearing advice to summaries of the latest research in medicine and developmental psychology Contributions by 31 experts from a broad range of disciplines, including medicine, education, psychology, and sociology
Long Description
Just three centuries ago, people began to recognize a child's first 18 months as a significant developmental period, and only in the last quarter century has infancy become the subject of intensive, interdisciplinary research. In fields ranging from social work to nursing, from nutrition to early childhood education, and from occupational therapy to speech pathology, researchers have focused on infants. Covering a broad range of topics, Infancy in America details the explosion of new theories and knowledge that has overturned many long-held notions. Brain development research and extensive sociological studies have generated public awareness of the importance of infancy. This encyclopedia details recent concepts and findings, critical issues in the field, and some of the individuals who have helped shape it.
Main Description
The latest findings on the mental, emotional, and physical life of the human infant, presented in nontechnical language and user-friendly A-Z format.
Bowker Data Service Summary
Here are the latest findings on the mental, emotional and physical life of the human infant, presented in nontechnical language and an A-to-Z format. The entries thoroughly cover all aspects of infancy and unusual terminology is clearly explained.
Description for Reader
* Covers a broad range of topics, from medical tests given at birth to cultural concepts of discipline * How-to and suggestion sections on everyday problems and concerns, from breast feeding and bottle feeding to infant sleep habits and language development * Includes biographies of significant historical figures in the world of infant development

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