Healthy human development across the lifespan: childhood development

Published on January 31, 2023   61 min
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Hello, I am Dr. Gina Touch Mercer, a clinical psychologist and director of the behavioral and social sciences curriculum at the University of Arizona College of Medicine in Phoenix, Arizona.
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As a foundation of the Behavioral Medicine series, I will talk about the psycho-social theories that underlie study of human development. In the first of these two talks, I will summarize the major theories relevant to child development and then the second talk, the focus will be on adult development and aging.
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Our agenda for Part 1, child development begins with an introduction to lifespan human development, I will define human development and review the terms, concepts and stage theories that highlight healthy and typical functioning in children. I will also highlight the atypical presentations and deviations from the range of normal development that often correlate with adverse health and mental health outcomes in children and adolescents. I will note the developmental considerations for health and health care using actual patient examples from my practice. In highlighting these considerations, I will identify and summarize the theories of child development that can help to explain the etiology of health and mental health concerns or presenting problems and will focus on what practitioners and researchers can do to promote optimal health. I will also identify adaptive living and coping skills and support systems for living with health conditions that emerge when development is non-linear, arrested, or regressed. Finally, in throughout the two talks on healthy human development, I will note particular relevance to medical specialties, well as to general practice and we'll provide resources for further study.
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