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This title explains lifespan development from conception to old age, and is supported by Irish facts, research, statistics and context. It introduces and discusses key debates within psychology, such as nature vs. nurture and critical vs. sensitive periods of development, by using contemporary case studies and findings. It examines the stages from infancy to adolescence within the framework of physical, cognitive and socioemotional theories.Visually well presented with each chapter containing: chapter outline and objectives; keywords in definition boxes; case study displaying application of theory and issues; a focus on a contemporary issue relating to each chapter content, making the learning experience very real; and, recap of key points at end of chapter to aid revision and learning. Always keeping the learner in mind, it is written in an accessible language and promotes easy understanding of key concepts and theories. It is suitable for students taking the following courses: Human Growth and Development FETAC Level 5; Child Development and Childcare FETAC Level 5; Community Care Assistant FETAC Level 5 - Community and Health Services FETAC Level 5 (Pre-Nursing); CACHE courses in Childcare and Health and Social Care; Certificate in Social Studies; Youth Work, Sociology, Psychology; FDI and CDE Imperial College of Dance; and, Montessori courses and Returning to Education courses.