14 of 27 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars
not very useful, 10 Feb. 2003
This book was recommended by my university lecturer but to be honest I didn't find it helpful at all. Perhaps useful as an introduction to some of the issues involved, but it's not by any means a textbook, and for academic purposes i found it of no use whatsoever - there's too much general rambling around the issues and not enough substance. As an example of the book's style, there are no references whatsoever in the text - the authors seem to wade through the topics, discussing relevant research simply on a passing basis, and researchers/their works are referenced generally by chapter at the back of the book. Basically no good if you want to know about anything specific, or learn about anything in any kind of detail.
This is developmental psychology as light entertainment - an informal style and interesting to the casual reader, but for academic purposes it doesn't really cut it.