Ch 11: Physical and Psychosocial Development in Middle Childhood

About This Chapter

Watch online psychology video lessons to learn about physical development, peer relationships, adjustment difficulties and social issues in middle childhood.

Physical and Psychosocial Development in Middle Childhood - Chapter Summary and Learning Objectives

Use this chapter to get an overview of the physical growth occurring in children between seven and 12 years of age. You can also explore the psychological effects of such challenges as poverty, emotional or behavioral disorders, culture shock and bullying. Instructors even introduce you to factors shaping children's ability to adjust to these challenges, and discuss influences on their social development, such as school, family and peer relationships. Lessons are designed to teach you about:

  • Health and fitness needs for physical development
  • Characteristics of Asperger's, autism and ADHD
  • Peer relationship patterns and types of non-traditional families
  • Symptoms of stress and adjustment problems
  • Schools' roles in socialization and multicultural education

Video Objectives
Physical Development in Middle Childhood Examine the physical growth and motor skill developments that occur in middle childhood.
Health and Fitness in Middle Childhood Assess the importance of health and fitness in middle childhood. Discuss childhood obesity statistics and prevention methods.
Bilingual Education, Immersion & Multicultural Education Explore immersion and bilingual education approaches to second-language learning. Study the characteristics of multicultural education.
Emotional & Behavioral Disorders: Autism & Asperger's Syndrome Differentiate between the characteristics of autism and Asperger's syndrome.
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder: Definition of ADHD Study characteristics of ADHD and the instructional techniques designed to mitigate their effects.
What Is a Non-Traditional Family? - Definition of Options Explore types of non-traditional families, including single parenthood, cohabitation, GLBT relationships, polygamy and singlehood.
Peer Relationships in Middle Childhood Understand the development of peer relationships in early childhood. Discuss social conformity and friendship patterns.
The Role of School in Children's Social & Emotional Development Identify the role schools play in children's social and emotional development. Discuss gender differences in achievement and motivation.
Stress and Resilience in Middle Childhood Learn how children respond to stress. Outline factors contributing to resilience in middle childhood.
Adjustment Difficulty in Middle Childhood Survey some of the issues related to adjustment problems in middle childhood, including childhood depression and school phobia.
Social Issues in Middle Childhood & Their Effects on Development Explore some of the major effects of homelessness, poverty, bullying and relational aggression on children's development.
Latchkey and Self-Care Children in Middle Childhood Analyze the benefits and drawbacks of leaving children unattended at home. Discuss the consequences for children and the legal issues surrounding self-care.
The Effect of Culture, Socialization & Culture Shock on Education Discover which educational practices can alleviate the effects of culture shock and facilitate students' social development.

13 Lessons in Chapter 11: Physical and Psychosocial Development in Middle Childhood
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Physical Development in Middle Childhood

1. Physical Development in Middle Childhood

Between the ages of seven and twelve, children physically grow and change in ways that influence every part of their lives. In this lesson, we'll look at the ways that physical and brain development impact emotional and intellectual abilities.

Health and Fitness in Middle Childhood

2. Health and Fitness in Middle Childhood

The United States is facing a crisis of childhood obesity. But how can we fight this epidemic? Watch this video to learn about how children grow in middle childhood and how fitness and nutrition can help with the problem of obesity.

Bilingual Education, Immersion & Multicultural Education

3. Bilingual Education, Immersion & Multicultural Education

Educators use many approaches for second-language instruction. The approaches vary based on the individual needs of the learner, focusing on his or her current language abilities, background, and cultural experiences. This lesson will differentiate between the different types of second-language instruction, including immersion, bilingual education, and multicultural education.

Behavioral Characteristics of Children with Asperger Syndrome

4. Behavioral Characteristics of Children with Asperger Syndrome

If you have never met a person with Asperger syndrome, you might wonder how they differ from you. In this lesson, we'll explore the behaviors common to people with Asperger and other autism spectrum disorders.

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder: Definition of ADHD

5. Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder: Definition of ADHD

This lesson explores common characteristics of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) as well as the best practices for teaching learners with this disorder.

What Is a Non-Traditional Family? - Definition of Options

6. What Is a Non-Traditional Family? - Definition of Options

Although traditional families once dominated many neighborhoods, today, there are lots of ways to form a family beyond the traditional idea of a married mother and father raising children.

Peer Relationships in Middle Childhood

7. Peer Relationships in Middle Childhood

As children grow, they become more independent of their parents and turn to their peers more often. In this lesson, we'll examine children's evolving concepts of friendship, peer group norms, social conformity, and social comparison.

The Role of School in Children's Social & Emotional Development

8. The Role of School in Children's Social & Emotional Development

Every parent knows how much school can influence a child. But in what ways is this influence positive? In this lesson, we'll examine how going to school can impact a child's development, including how children learn from each other and how motivation impacts achievement.

Stress and Resilience in Middle Childhood

9. Stress and Resilience in Middle Childhood

Childhood can be a stressful time. But what causes children to feel stress, and how can they deal with it? Watch this lesson to find out what factors impact how much stress a child feels, and what properties of resilience allow children to deal with stress.

Adjustment Difficulty in Middle Childhood

10. Adjustment Difficulty in Middle Childhood

What happens when a child has social or emotional problems? In this lesson, we'll look at adjustment issues in middle childhood, including anxiety, school phobia and depression, and what parents can do to help their children.

Social Issues in Middle Childhood & Their Effects on Development

11. Social Issues in Middle Childhood & Their Effects on Development

Children grow and develop in many ways. But sometimes issues at home or school can get in the way of development. In this lesson, we'll look at some issues that might contribute to developmental problems in a child's life.

Latchkey and Self-Care Children in Middle Childhood

12. Latchkey and Self-Care Children in Middle Childhood

Latchkey kids have to take care of themselves when they are home alone. But is this a good thing or a bad thing? In this lesson, we'll look at some of the benefits and drawbacks of self-care in middle childhood.

The Effect of Culture, Socialization & Culture Shock on Education

13. The Effect of Culture, Socialization & Culture Shock on Education

In this lesson we will explore the effect of culture on the socialization of children. We will also seek to understand the impact that culture has on their educational experiences.

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