Learning outcomes of the course unit
- To expand knowledge related to the specific subject area
- To increase the ability to collect and interpret data
- To promote communication and learning abilities
Course contents summary
Main theories and most common investigation methods in developmental psychology. Evolution of different psychic basic functions and development of cognitive, linguistic and social competences. Social development in infancy, early and middle childhood and adolescence. Examination of some specific developmental disorders. Further analysis of the topic of maltreatment in the evolutionary age and possible outcomes on the child's psychological development.
The first lessons cover topics of a general nature: you will examine the major theories and research methods most commonly used to study psychological development. In the second part of the course will also address issues relating to the evolution of various basic psychological functions such as emotion, attention, perception, and the development of cognitive, linguistic, emotional and social.
In the third part of the course will also address issues related to social development in infancy, early and middle childhood, adolescence, and some psychological problems specific to different age groups.
Finally, the theme of child maltreatment will be addressed, with particular attention to risk and protection factors from possible psychological consequences and protection and recovery interventions.
1) Camaioni, L., Di Blasio, P. (2007). Psicologia dello sviluppo. Ed. Il Mulino (2^edizione)
2) Di Blasio, P. (2000). Psicologia del bambino maltrattato. Ed. Il Mulino
• Frontal lessons
Assessment methods and criteria
Final assessment: written examination (questions with multiple choice answers)