Developmental psychology → key concepts

The following is a list of key concepts used in developmental psychology, and how they relate to child rearing.  These concepts were carefully researched by psychologist in the past decades and help us better understand how to help children grow and thrive.

  • Resilience – why some children can better overcome life problems than others
  • Modeling
  • Scaffolding
  • Self-esteem
  • Coping mechanism
  • Social referencing
  • Attachment
  • Parenting style
  • Reward
  • Praise
  • Punishment
  • Spanking
  • Time-out
  • Object permanence
  • Conservation
  • Ego-centrism
  • Personal fable
  • Imaginary Audience
  • Optimism
  • Sensorimotor stage
  • Pre-operational stage
  • Concerete operational stage
  • Formal operational stage
  • Attachment
  • Babbling
  • Motherese
  • Automaticity
  • Bullying
  • Contingent responsiveness
  • Critical period
  • Deferred imitation

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