Explore this page for research help specific to PSYC 258: Developmental Psychology. Find topic ideas, learn search strategies, and see highlighted resources from our library collections and recommended websites.
|Prenatal Growth (Conception, Embryonic Period, Fetal Period)||Physical & Motor Development||Infants with Special Needs|
|Environmental Influences on Prenatal Development: Maternal Age & Health, Prenatal Health Care, Teratogens||Environmental Influences on: Learning Processes, Social Learning, Socialization, Acculturalization||Gibson's Differentiation Theory|
|Chromosomal & Genetic Abnormalities||Nature vs. Nurture||Piaget's Theory of Cognitive Development|
|Childbirth: Alternative Approaches to Childbirth, Social Environment Surrounding Birth||Sensory & Perceptual Development: Vision, audition, taste, smell, touch, sensory integration||Vygotsky's Theory|
|Birth Complications (Anoxia, Low Birth Weight, etc.)||Attachment, Separation Anxiety, Stranger Anxiety||Transition to Parenthood|
|Sudden Infant Death Syndrome||Language Development||Parents, Mothers, Fathers|
|Infant Nutrition & Malnutrition||Breastfeeding vs. Bottle feeding||Siblings or Grandparents|
|Development of the Self||Autonomy and Discipline||Trust and Nurturance|
|Motor Skills Development||Preoperational Thinking||Memory and Memory Strategies|
|Emotional Development (Fear, Anxiety, etc.)||Play||Numerical Reasoning|
|Moral Development||Aggression||Social Skills and Social Cognition|
|Critical Thinking||Attention Span (ADD, ADHD, etc.)||Learning Disorders|
|Physical Growth and Change||Social Cognition (Piaget, Kohlberg, Gilligan, Eisenberg)||Friendship and Peer Groups|
Intelligence Testing (Standford-Binet Scale, Wechsler Scale, IQ scores, etc.)
|Parental Employment (Day Care and Child Care)||
Gender (standards, differences, cultural myths, stereotypes, behavior, androgyny
|Language and Literacy||Expanding Grammar and Language (Influence of Parents' Language Use, Children's Conversations, Bilingualism, Learning Perspective, Nativist Perspective, Interactionist Perspective)||Family (Parenting Styles, Sibling Dynamics, Discipline, Divorce, Child Abuse, Adoptive Families, Gay and Lesbian Families, Remarriage and Blended Families|
|Physical Growth & Change||Puberty||Body Image|
Anorexia and Bulimia
|Sexuality||Risk-Taking (Drugs, Alcohol, Delinquency)|
|Teenage Parents||Independence and Interdependence||Identify Formation|
|Social Norms||Physical Development (Fitness and Health, Fertility)||Sexuality|
|Sternberg's Triangular Theory of Love||Couple Formation and Development||Family Life Cycle|
|Transition to Parenthood||Single Parenthood||Occupational Cycle|
|Prime Time||Midlife Crisis||Midcareer Assessment|
|Tasks of Middle Age||Health Habits||Menopause|
|Divorce and Remarriage||Relationships with Adult Children||Relationships with Aging Parents|
|Ageism and Stereotypes||Changing Body||Sleep, Health, Disease and Nutrition|
|Theories of Aging||Retirement||Cognitive Decline|
|Widows and Widowers||Lifestyle Options for Older Adults||Elder Abuse|
|Fear of Death||Denial of Death||Death as Final Stage of Development|
|Stages of Adjustment||Hospices||Right to Die|
|Grieving||Rituals and Customs|
Choosing the right search words or keywords or combination of keywords can help you find the most useful sources for your topic quickly.
SpartaCat, the library's catalog, searches in the title, summary, publication details, and table of content information for your search keywords. It does not search the text or content of the items themselves. Thus, searching for something too specific may not give you a lot of results. Searching for major concepts and broad ideas like BEREAVEMENT will lead you to books that you can then use the table of contents and indexes of to find more specific information about your topic.
In library databases, the more specific you can be with your search, the better. Keyword searches there look for any instance of that word in the title, summary, publication information, or full-text of articles and information sources. Being precise and exact with your search keywords makes a difference. Searching for something too general, like BEREAVEMENT might get too many results.
Ask yourself, what do you want to know about your topic? Is there a certain group of people or even a location that you can concentrate on? A better search strategy would be something like: BEREAVEMENT and YOUNG ADULTS and SUICIDE.
In library databases, be sure to always choose the Full-Text option, so that you can access and read the full article immediately. You may also choose to check the Scholarly (Peer Reviewed) option, if your instructor requires you to find scholarly articles. Other search filters, like Publication Date or Source Type, might also help.
Remember that the APA PsycARTICLES database allows you to choose an Age Group in addition, which is especially helpful for this class. Remember that the APA PsycARTICLES database allows you to choose an Age Group in addition, which is especially helpful for this class. For more about this database, see the Articles in Library Databases page of this guide.