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Children's development in the family environment

Ingrid Schoon, Amanda Sacker, Steven Hope, Stephen Collishaw and Barbara Maughan

in Children of the 21st century

Published by Policy Press

Published in print October 2005 | ISBN: 9781861346889
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447301783 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781861346889.003.0006
Children's development in the family environment

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This chapter examines the relationship between a child's development and the family environment, looking at the relative influences of the child, family and environmental factors in shaping individual development during the first year of life. The first year of life is increasingly regarded as a ‘critical’ stage of a child's development and of emerging family relationships. The most frequently studied early indicators of child development include biological factors such as illness at birth, low birthweight and physical disability. This chapter focuses on indicators of early child development as measured by developmental delays in gross motor and fine motor development, as well as the development of communicative gestures.

Keywords: family environment; communicative gestures; child development; motor development; physical disability

Chapter.  5118 words. 

Subjects: Marriage and the Family

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