children

In the UK, now is a good time to be a psychologist aiming to help families with difficult children. In the last decade there has been a shift from clinic-based services that simply wait to see who turns up at the door, towards efforts to implement a community-wide, population...

Romania’s children caught the eyes of the world when communism fell in 1990; perhaps you remember the images? The state had strictly controlled all fertility-regulation methods, and the majority of citizens were living in considerable poverty. Against this background, many...

Is the internet bringing more opportunities to children and young people? Are children encountering new risks online? How are parents responding? Indeed, whose responsibility is children’s online safety? These and many other questions arise for academics, policy makers and...

Working with refugee children and families

There is much that psychologists from all disciplines can offer when working with refugee/asylum-seeking children and families (see Ehntholt & Yule, 2006; Papadopoulos, 2002; Price & Iszatt, 1996)....

Recent research in cognitive neuroscience has advanced our knowledge of the brain areas underpinning imitation – a process often exploited in education that is said to provide a foundation for language acquisition, skill learning, socialisation and enculturation (Brass &...

We live in a test-conscious, test-giving culture in which the lives of people are in part determined by their test performance. (Sarason et al., 1960, p.26).

The above quotation was published in 1960, and it concerns the testing culture in the US at that time. What...

Like many other young couples our age, my long-term girlfriend and I are thinking about starting a family of our own. Two things are currently on our to-do list. First is to get married. And second is to have two children, hopefully one boy and one girl. So far, the case for...

Giftedness or genius in children and adolescents is an intriguing phenomenon seeking scientific explanation. What makes a child stand out from their peers as talented? What pushes their performance into the uppermost part of the normal ‘bell curve’ distribution of different...

As humans, we imitate on a daily basis and rely on this ability to learn new skills from others: so much so that Meltzoff (1988c) dubbed us Homo imitans. Imitation – for the purposes of this article, copying the bodily actions of another – is just one of many specific, and...

A full century has now passed since the German philosopher and psychologist William Stern (1871–1938) co-authored with wife Clara (Joseephy) Stern (1878–1945) a remarkable little monograph titled Erinnerung, Aussage und Lüge in der ersten Kindheit (1909). Commenting on my...