By Kevin Durkin, H. Rudolph Schaffer

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He argued persuasively for an end to swaddling (and to stays for little girls), insisting that even new infants should wear loose light clothing that left their limbs free. Although there is no way of knowing how many midwives and mothers and grandmothers immediately accepted this advice, swaddling does not appear to have been recommended by any subsequent authority in Europe. This little book was widely read by medical men and parents alike, translated into several languages and an inspiration for a host of similar manuals.

These accounts, in turn, provide invaluable guidelines to future applied researchers, as well as what Dishion and Yasui show, in a very positive sense, is the reassuring “comfort of failure” and the rewards of resilience. 20 Kevin Durkin and H. Rudolph Schaffer Conclusions In sum, our contributors show that giving away developmental psychology involves much more than is captured in the traditional sections of a scientific report. Whether it be negotiating with policymakers, collaborating with practitioners from very different professional backgrounds, or communicating with or via the mass media, there are many variables at play.

As a leading practitioner in writing books and articles and presenting television programs for parents, she has reached very large audiences to present parenting advice based on psychological research. In Chapter 2, she provides a rich historical overview of the ways in which the developing science of developmental psychology has both responded to prevailing sociopolitical and cultural assumptions and impacted upon them. Reflections on the history of programs We also encouraged authors, where appropriate, to reflect on historical developments related to the subjects of their chapter.

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