Nurturing Natures: Attachment and Children's Emotional, Sociocultural and Brain Development

Author(s): Graham Music


This new edition of the bestselling text, Nurturing Natures, provides an indispensable synthesis of the latest scientific knowledge about children's emotional development. Integrating a wealth of both up-to-date and classical research from areas such as attachment theory, neuroscience developmental psychology and cross-cultural studies, it weaves these into an accessible enjoyable text which always keeps in mind children recognisable to academics, practitioners and parents. It unpacks the most significant influences on the developing child, including the family and social context. It looks at key developmental stages from life in the womb to the pre-school years and right up until adolescence, covering important topics such as genes and environment, trauma, neglect or resilience. It also examines how children develop language, play and memory and, new to this edition, moral and prosocial capacities. Issues of nature and nurture are addressed and the effects of different kinds of early experiences are unpicked, creating a coherent and balanced view of the developing child in context.
Nurturing Natures is written by an experienced child therapist who has used a wide array of research from different disciplines to create a highly readable and scientifically trustworthy text. This book should be essential reading for childcare students, for teachers, social workers, health visitors, early years practitioners and those training or working in child counselling, psychiatry and mental health. Full of fascinating findings, it provides answers to many of the questions people really want to ask about the human journey from conception into adulthood. .

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"Nurturing Natures was an instant classic, and this greatly enhanced second edition will further consolidate and widen its reputation. Music is the David Attenborough of child development research, combining passion for his subject, encyclopaedic knowledge, with crystal-clear communications skills that never succumb to oversimplification or tendentiousness. His balanced sifting of the literature and clinical expertise makes this an indispensable vade mecum for all who work with children at all levels of training and practice." Jeremy Holmes MD FRCPsych, University of Exeter, UK

"A wise and balanced account of human development. Graham Music accurately summarises many complex issues with a light touch which makes it a delight to read. This is a book that you will want to keep coming back to." Sue Gerhardt, psychoanalytic psychotherapist and co-founder of the Oxford Parent Infant Project, UK

"Graham Music has established himself as one of the foremost experts in the integration of social-emotional development and the rapidly advancing field of neuroscience. He brings discoveries to life in the context of clinical priorities in a way that no other author has been able to achieve. This book is an absolute gem and reading it is edifying at the same time as enormously pleasurable." Peter Fonagy, Freud Memorial Professor of Psychoanalysis and Head of the Research Department of Clinical, Educational and Health Psychology, UCL; Chief Executive, Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families, UK.


List of Figures: Acknowledgements; 1.Introduction: The Blind men and the elephant; Part One: Beginnings of Emotional and Social Development; 2. Life Begins: From conception to Birth 3. Born to Relate 4.Infant Coping Mechanisms, Mismatches, and repairs in relation 5. Empathy, self and other minds; Part Two: Overarching Bodies of Ideas; 6. Attachment 7. Culture 8. Biology and the Brain 9. Epigenetics, Evolution and How nature meets nurture; Part Three: Developmental Capacities and Stages; 10. Language, words and Symbols 11. Memories: Learning who we are and what to expect 12. Play: Fun, symbolising, practising and mucking about 13. Boys, girls, and gender; Part Four: Not Just Mothers; 14. Nonmaternal care and childcare 15. Middle childhood, siblings, peers and group life 16. The Place of Fathers 17. Moving towards adulthood; Part Five: Consequences of Early Experiences; 18. Trauma, neglect and their effects 19. Resilience and good feelings 20. Moral Development, antisocial and prosocial behaviour 21. Conclusions: Earlier experience and its longer-term consequences; Glossary; references; author index; subject index

General Fields

  • : 9781138101449
  • : Taylor & Francis Ltd
  • : Psychology Press Ltd
  • : 0.635
  • : October 2016
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Graham Music
  • : Paperback
  • : 2nd Revised edition
  • : 380
  • : 6 black & white line drawings