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Social Understanding and Social Lives


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Table of Contents

Part 1. Cognitive Perspectives on Social Understanding. 1. Milestones in Social Understanding, from Infancy to School Age. 2. Executive Function and Children's Understanding of Mind. 3. Language and Theory of Mind: A Cognitive Perspective. Part 2. Social Influences on Children's Understanding of Mind. 4. Language and Theory of Mind: A Social Perspective. 5. Parenting and Children's Social Understanding. 6. Siblings and Children's Social Understanding. Part 3. Social Understanding and Social Outcomes. 7. Social Understanding and Antisocial Behaviour. 8. Social Understanding and Positive Social Behaviours. 9. Social Understanding and School Life. 10. Emerging Themes.

About the Author

Claire Hughes is Senior Lecturer in Developmental Psychology at the Centre for Family research, University of Cambridge. She is also Editor of British Journal of Developmental Psychology.


"This book is exceptionally clear and thorough, on a topic of much current interest to psychologists. The author has brought together the findings from her project with skill and clarity and considers the current field in a sensible and informed way. I read it with real enthusiasm and interest" - Judy Dunn, Professor of Developmental Psychology, Institute of Psychiatry, King's College London UK "This book is a unique tour de force. It skilfully integrates aspects of children's own cognitive abilities with features of their social environment to explain the individual differences found in children's theory of mind and the consequences of these differences for their social lives at home and school. It will be an invaluable resource for researchers and professionals in developmental psychology, child health, and education." -- Janet Wilde Astington, Institute of Child Study, University of Toronto, Canada

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