Research Papers on Child Psychology

Click on any of the term papers to read a brief synopsis of the research paper. The essay synopsis includes the number of pages and sources cited in the paper.

  • Child Well Being and Learning

    In seven pages this paper discusses how a child's well being can be compromised by an overemphasis upon learning by parents. Six sources are cited in the bibliography.

  • Learned Influence Of Violence And Therapeutic Risks Of Treating Abused Children

    10 pages in length. The correlation between child abuse and subsequent emotional trauma is well documented; that the abusive cycle remains with the child into adulthood illustrates the deep-seated impact such an invasion has upon the individual. Also studied to a certain degree is the risk factors involved with therapeutic treatment applied to address post-traumatic impact. By the same token, child abuse has a tendency to encourage the same behavior in those who suffer the mistreatment, inasmuch as learned influence carries over and ultimately compels the abused adult to use violence to solve problems in his family. Bibliography lists 15 sources.

  • Social Skills Learned by Young Children

    In five pages this paper discusses how young children learn respect and other social skills and what parents can do to properly educate their children. Seven sources are cited in the bibliography.

  • Discrimination and Children

    In seven pages the belief that socialization teaches children discrimination is contested through considered research. Seven sources are cited in the bibliography.

  • Gender Bias and the Developmental Stages of Kohlberg

    In four pages this paper discusses gender bias with regards to mathematics education through an application of Kohlberg's stages of development. Two sources are cited in the bibliography.

  • Learning Disabilities and Their Effects

    In six pages learning disabilities are examined in terms of various categories along with their effects on the child and family psychologically and emotionally with helpful suggestions offered. Seven sources are cited in the bibliography.

  • Assessments of Sexually Abused Children and Art Therapy

    In sixteen pages this paper discusses how art therapy can be used in order to assess the sexual abuse of child victims. Sixteen sources are cited in the bibliography.

  • CBT and NST to Treat Latino Victims of Sexual Abuse, A Research Method

    This 5 page paper gives an example of how the method for a research study on Latino children victims of sexual abuse could be conducted. This paper includes the methods to prove the hypothesis that CBT is more effective in treating these children and their parents than NST therapy. Bibliography list 6 sources.

  • Sexually Abused Children and Art Therapy Assessments

    In a paper consisting of five pages the topic of art therapy and assessments of how art can predict sex crimes involving children are discussed in terms of current relevant literature. Four sources are cited in the bibliography.

  • Intervention - Recovered Memories And Trauma

    This 6 page paper begins with an introduction to the study identifying independent and dependent variables and comments on the difficulties of validating recovered memories, which are the dependent variable. The paper identifies the target population and the two types of therapeutic approaches that would be used with victims of recovered memories of child sexual abuse. Bibliography lists 8 sources.

  • Technology and Culture: The Electronic Media and Our Children

    A 5 page overview of how the electronic media impacts our children. This paper focuses on the relationship between violent media content and violent electronic games and our children’s propensity to be violent. Bibliography lists 7 sources.

  • Child Development as Presented in Harry Potter, Pokemon and the Iron Giant

    The writer argues that many things can be learned about child development by reading the Harry Potter books, and by viewing the movies Pokemon and The Iron Giant. The writer also reveals how these media projects reflect developmental theories and why they appeal to all ages. The paper is six pages long and there are eight sources listed in the bibliography.

  • Forms of Child Abuse 2

    In five pages various types of child abuse are discussed in terms of statistics, situational assessment, and suggested improvements.

  • Growing up in a Fatherless Household and the Impact on Child Behavioral Development a Summary

    This 4 page paper gives an example of a summary of a previously written paper. This paper includes growing u without a father and possible outcomes on a child's behavior. Bibliography lists 9 sources.

  • Various Theories of Child Development

    This paper examines child development theories of Bronfenbrenner and Freud. The author demonstrates how developmental models have shifted from emphasizing biological issues to placing more importance on developmental achievements and social interactions This five page paper has thirteen sources listed in the bibliography.

  • Piaget and Vygotsky/Theories of Child Development

    This research paper offers an overview of Piaget's and Vygotsky's child development theories. Three pages in length, six sources are cited.

  • Elizabeth Spelke and Jean Piaget's Child Development Theories

    In five pages these theorists are compared and contrasted regarding their child development perspectives. Six sources are cited in the bibliography.

  • What To Do About Corporal Punishment?

    Corporal punishment both in the home and in school is a hotly debated issue nowadays. This paper examines various types of child discipline and concludes that corporal punishment can be safely abandoned. This paper has eleven pages and nine sources are listed in the bibliography.

  • Parenting in the First Person

    This 12 page paper is a first-person examination of various issues involved in parenting, such as parenting styles, punishment and discipline. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

  • Juvenile Delinquency and A Child's Emotional Needs

    In a report of 18 pages the thesis that the lack of meeting a child's emotional needs at an early age is directly linked to juvenile delinquency. The problems of juvenile delinquency are addressed as are associated issues such as challenges to the child, the court systems, law enforcement, educators, and parents. There are 22 bibliographic sources cited.

  • Brook and Tseng's Research on the Correlation Between Negativity and Anger in Toddlers and Drug Use by Parents

    In three pages this 1996 research study conducted by Brook and Tseng entitled 'Genetic, Social & General Psychology Monographs' is analyzed from the perspective of parental drug use and toddler behavior.

  • Alan E. Kazdin's Cognitive and Behavioral Approach to Conduct Disorder

    In ten pages DSM IV criteria is employed to define conduct disorder in a paper that distinguishes it from antisocial and border personality disorders as well as schizophrenia. Kazdin's work in the field is evaluated in terms of strengths and weaknesses with his community and parent intervention method also examined. Five sources are cited in the bibliography.

  • Biographical Sketch of Bipolar Disorder

    In fourteen pages bipolar disorder is defined and examined in terms of incidences, causes, symptoms, and diagnosis difficulties associated with early onset forms with treatment interventions discussed and explained along with a biographical sketch of an individual suffering from bipolar disorder included. Nine sources are cited in the bibliography.

  • Child Development and Blended Families

    This 10 page paper provides an overview of one book and two articles regarding the issue of blended families. This paper considers whether cohabitation is problematic for children of blended families. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

  • The Effect of Corporal Punishment on the Development of the Child

    Spanking has fallen into disfavor as a method of discipline for children. This paper compares corporal punishment with other methods of child discipline, and concludes that it has a bad reputation for a good reason.This paper has four pages and six sources are listed in the bibliography.

  • Children's Reactions to Being Told No

    Child discipline is the focus of this research paper consisting of twenty four pages in a consideration of how children react upon hearing the word no with techniques including Induction and Positive Discipline discussed. There is an exhaustive bibliography provided.

  • Aspects Of Spanking Children

    8 pages in length. Hardly was there a time before society became so politically correct and oversensitive to the aspect of discipline that children were routinely swatted for misbehaving. Whether done with a belt, spatula or by hand, a child who defied established boundaries or spoke out of turn would learn a quick and painful lesson that - in theory - would deter the same misconduct from occurring again. Indeed, some children were either too stubborn or careless and earned subsequent spankings for treading on thin behavioral ice, however, this form of punishment was practically universal in its ability to teach children about wrong and right. Today, however, spanking is listed as corporal punishment and can send a parent or caregiver to jail. The climate of child discipline has become so hot that there is no middle ground where advocates and critics reside; you are either a heathen for laying a hand on your child or you are a spineless parent for failing to control inappropriate behavior. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

  • Spanking as a Detrimental Form of Discipline

    In seven pages this paper examines studies that reveal spanking to be a detrimental form of child discipline with other corporal punishment options considered. Six sources are cited in the bibliography.

  • Language and Development of Speech in Neglect and Child Abuse Instances

    In a paper consisting of 9 pages child neglect, mistreatment, and abuse are discussed in terms of whether or not they are responsible for children's learning, language, and speech disorders. Five sources are cited in the bibliography.

  • Adolescent and Child Obesity

    In eleven pages the problem of obesity in American children is examined in terms of adolescent health risks and causes that include lack of activity and genetic aspects with research studies and conclusions drawn by the writer. Nine sources are cited in the bibliography.

  • Freedom In Childhood And Adulthood: Compare/Contrast

    3 pages in length. The stages of human development are replete with myriad lessons that serve to carry into later phases. Gaining independence is an especially important time for a child inasmuch as it is one of the most significant stepping stones from one stage to the next. However, frustration is present in abundance during this time as the child has a much more liberal concept of freedom than the parent, which often results in the child's quest for independence being temporarily thwarted. Other times, it is the child's own inability to coordinate mobility with desire that impedes his quest for freedom. Adult freedom, by contrast, may or may not be governed by another person or entity; just because an individual is over the age of eighteen does not automatically mean he or she has carte blanche freedom. No bibliography.

  • Violent Video Games: Who Takes Responsibility

    This 4 page paper gives an answer to the question of who is responsible for violent video games. This paper includes the Supreme Court case for California banning sales of violent video games and the decision of the court that the law was unconstitutional. Bibliography list sources.

  • Piaget and Development in Early Childhood

    In eight pages this research paper applies Piaget's early childhood development theories to the classrooms of the Montessori style schools. Six sources are cited in the bibliography.

  • Early Childhood Development, Ages 2-5

    This 6 page paper discusses the topic using three primary stage theorists, Freud, Erikson and Piaget but reporting only the stages that incorporate these ages. The writer also discusses attachment theory. Throughout the essay, the write comments on the importance of human services professionals knowing these theories. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

  • Is Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) Over Diagnosed?

    This 11 page paper considerers the arguments for and against the proposition that ADHD is being over diagnosed. The paper looks at how ADHD may be diagnosed, the difficulties in diagnoses and how there is the potential for over diagnosis. After this the evidence for and against is considered citing various research papers. The bibliography cites 20 sources.

  • Art Therapy And ADHD - Research Proposal

    This 15 page paper has several sections or chapters: introduction, research questions, description of three theories (Piaget, Erikson, and Rogers), ADHD, art therapy, using art therapy with ADHD children, methodology, application of method, results, discussion and conclusions. Bibliography lists 14 sources.

  • The Controversies over Autism and its Impact on Treatment Choices

    This 20 page paper provides an overview of the issue of autism and the causative factors for autism. This paper considers three different views of the potential cause of autism and then relates the views of parents of children with autism through a proposed questionnaire survey. Bibliography lists 11 sources.

  • Social Systems Theory and Foster Care

    In thirteen pages this paper applies social systems theory to foster care in a discussion of among other topics why school performance by children who are in foster care is usually subpar. Ten sources are cited in the bibliography.

  • The Psychological Impact of Separation from their Parents on Foster Children

    This 3 page paper discusses the impact of their separation from their parents on foster children, and some of the problems observed with children in foster care. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

  • An Attention Deficit Disorder Hypothesis

    In a paper consisting of ten pages the hypothesis supporting the notion that teachers can be instrumental in detecting and treating ADHD is presented and teaching strategies are also included. Ten sources are cited in the bibliography.

  • Research Proposal on Hyperactivity

    In eight pages this paper presents a hypothetical scenario for a hyperactivity research paper that proposes studying non medicated children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder with a literature review also included. Six sources are cited in the bibliography.

  • Behavior Reinforcement Strategies

    In a paper of five pages, the writer looks at behavior reinforcement. Differential strategies are examined in the context of a case study. Paper uses four sources.

  • Classrooms and Developmental Psychology Applications

    In four pages this paper examines how theories by Freud, Piaget, and Erikson among others can be applied to the classroom in an overview of developmental psychology with developmental staging among the topics explored. Two sources are cited in the bibliography.

  • Lost Childhood in the 'Band Candy' Episode of the Buffy The Vampire Slayer Television Series

    In three pages lost childhood and what it represents are considered within the context of this episode of the TV series Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Six sources are cited in the bibliography.

  • Young Victims of Suicide and Depression

    In nine pages childhood depression and suicide are considered regarding the depression drugs prescribed including Zoloft, Paxil, Luvox, Prozac, and Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors.

  • Behaviorism And Preschool

    10 pages in length. Preschool is a time of many challenges for both student and teacher, inasmuch as this particular age group is just learning the tenets of social behavior outside the otherwise insulated aspect of family life. Utilizing the concept of behaviorism within the preschool setting provides the teacher - and parent - with the capacity to identify various behaviors and modify them in order to attain a better academic outcome. The extent to which behaviorism asserts that observable conduct represents the only true aspect of the science of psychology is both grand and far-reaching; that autistic preschoolers represent one population where behaviorism is particularly beneficial speaks to how this approach is both widespread and effective. Bibliography lists 9 sources.

  • Preoperative Stage of Jean Piaget's Developmental Theory

    In three pages this 2nd of the 4 stages of development constructed by Swiss psychologist Jean Piaget is discussed in terms of its indicators of growth, limitations, and importance to speech among other relevant topics. Five sources are cited in the bibliography.

  • The Importance of Direct Learning in the Childhood Development Theories of Jean Piaget

    In a paper of seven pages, the writer briefly examines Jean Piaget's theories of human development. A variety of contexts including social, cognitive, and moral/emotional development are considered. Paper uses four sources.

  • Child Development and the Theories of Jean Piaget

    In five pages this research paper discusses Jean Piaget's theory of child cognitive development in a literature review that examines its continued influence. Eight sources are cited in the bibliography.

  • Mental Health Counseling: Child Abuse And Neglect

    7 pages in length. Antisocial behavior is considered one of the many consequences adolescents and adults harbor from childhood abuse/neglect, as are issues of intimate bonding and repeating the harmful behavior inflicted upon the child. It has been noted how an individual reaches a certain breaking point during intervention when he or she admits to the hurt that has long existed, in addition to the humiliation and grief typically associated with child abuse/neglect. Analyzing theoretical perspectives and therapeutic approaches provides a significantly better understanding of what steps are required in order to help the abused/neglected child work through his damaged psyche. Bibliography lists 8 sources.

  • Separation Anxiety and Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD): The Case of "Jordan"

    This 6 page paper provide an overview of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) in a single case study. This paper also relates the link between OCD and separation anxiety in this case. Bibliography lists 2 sources.

  • Gendered Interpretations and Development of Language Relating to Childhood Cognitive Development

    In eleven pages childhood development is considered in terms of cognition and language development with the issue of gendered interpretations applied to language development comprehension. Eight sources are cited in the bibliography.

  • Child Language Disorders

    A 3 page overview of child language disorders. This paper outlines how to recognize and treat these problems. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

  • Client Centered Therapeutic Approach Case Study Involving an Eight Year Old Boy

    In a student supplied case study that consists of five pages the implementation of client centered therapy is examined within the context of an overprotected eight year old boy that experiences issues of abandonment with recommendations included. Three sources are cited in the bibliography.

  • Anxiety In Children In The Classroom

    A 5 page paper. This essay on anxiety in children, reviews and comments on three journal articles that discuss the topic. The articles specifically deal with: strategies teachers can use to reduce anxiety; how anxiety and other factors affect student math performance; and treating and preventing test anxiety in the school. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • Children and the Effects of Media Violence

    In seven pages this paper examines research studies in order to determine the effects of witnessing media violence upon children. Three sources are cited in the bibliography.

  • Discussion of the 'Middle Child Syndrome'

    In thirty one pages this paper discusses the self esteem issues that relate to being a family's middle child. Twenty three sources are cited in the bibliography.

  • Television and Its Negative Effects on Children

    This 4 page paper examines research on this compelling topic and argues that television is bad for children. Aggression and television violence is the primary topic discussed. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

  • Peer Rejection

    This 3 page paper looks at peer rejection including some of the causes and aggravating factors, the short and long term results of peer rejection and the use of intervention strategies. The bibliography cites 5 sources.

  • Factors That Affect Personality Development

    A 4 page paper that begins by explaining the three primary factors involved in personality development. The writer then discusses the effects of abuse and neglect on cognitive and personality development. Bibliography lists 2 sources.

  • Girls versus Boys Regarding Toilet Training

    In four pages this paper argues that girls do not take as long to 'potty train' as boys do. Two sources are cited in the bibliography.

  • The Development of Problem Solving Skills

    Piaget thought that problem solving abilities develop in late childhood. This 7 page paper considers this idea and compares the Piaget’s theory of cognitive development leading to problem solving with the work and theories of Erickson. The bibliography cites 6 sources.

  • Truddi Chase's When Rabbit Howls

    Psychiatric nursing is the focus of this summary of When Rabbit Howls by Truddi Chase consisting of three pages. One source is cited in the bibliography.

  • How Children Develop a Sense of Morality

    A 6 page essay/research paper that discusses how children develop a sense of morality. For the most part, literature on the development of a moral sense in childhood and adolescence has bee dominated by the cognitive-developmental perspective espoused by Piaget's theory of moral judgment and Kohlberg's stage theory of moral development (Singer, 1999). The following discussion of how children develop a moral sense, first look specifically at these two theoretical models and then briefly describes the model formulated by James Rest. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • Children and Elective Mutism

    In six pages children's elective mutism and its causes are examined along with its manifestation and treatments also considered. Six sources are cited in the bibliography.

  • Elementary School Children and Building Self Esteem

    In ten pages this paper discusses how various theorists define self esteem and how and elementary school child's self esteem can be improved. Ten sources are cited in the bibliography.

  • Sibling Rivalry Literature Review

    In seven pages this paper discusses sibling rivalry in terms of the areas that are in dire need of additional study as reflected in an analysis of the current literature on the subject. Eleven sources are cited in the bibliography.

  • Birth Order's Effect on Sibling Rivalry

    This research paper, which is fifteen pages in length, offers a literature review and analysis of the effect of birth order on sibling rivalry. Reference page lists twelve sources.

  • Personality Characteristics, Cognitive Skill Development, and Birth Order Importance

    This paper examines the significance of birth order in child personality and cognitive development in 5 pages. Seven sources are cited in the bibliography.

  • Insights about Teaching and Educational Psychology

    In a paper of three pages, the author explores the benefits to teaching and learning of studying elements of educational psychology. Specifically, the author relates views of classroom and learning behaviors and the way educational psychology informs instruction. There is one source cited.

  • Causes and Effects of Violence in Schools

    In four pages this paper addresses the issue of violence in schools and points a finger at the media with the emphasis on television violence. There are sources cited in the bibliography.

  • Children, Violence, and TV

    In five pages this paper examines the effects of television violence on the significant increase in youth violence. Eight sources are cited in the bibliography.

  • Impact Of Video Game Violence On Children

    Brief discussion offering the positive and negative aspects video game violence has upon children. Four sources are cited in the bibliography of this four page paper.

  • Violence and Video Games

    A 3 page paper which argues that violence in video games is not a problem. Bibliography lists 7 sources.


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