Human Development

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Puberty Demo

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This demonstration will help you to discover the changes that take place during puberty and understand the science behind these changes.

Material Type: Diagram/Illustration, Interactive, Simulation

Identity vs Role Confusion

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A video and series of slides detailing Erikson's Identity vs Role Confusion. Compares the effects of Erikson's Fifth Stage between teenagers of differing countries and cultures.

Material Type: Diagram/Illustration, Interactive, Reading

Lifespan Development

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Welcome to the study of human growth and development, commonly referred to as the “womb to tomb” course because it is the story of our journeys from conception to death. Human development is the study of how we change over time.  Although this course is offered in psychology, this is a very interdisciplinary course. Psychologists, nutritionists, sociologists, anthropologists, educators, and health care professionals all contribute to our knowledge of life span.

Material Type: Full Course, Textbook

Author: Linda Overstreet

Data Resource Center for Child & Adolescent Health

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The mission of the Data Resource Center for Child and Adolescent Health (DRC) is to advance the effective use of public data on the status of children’s health and health-related services for children, youth and families in the United States. The DRC does this by providing hands-on access to national, state, and regional data findings from large population-based surveys. Data are collected from parents and thus contribute a much needed voice in the drive to improve the quality of health care for children and youth.

Material Type: Lesson

Author: Data Resource Center for Child and Adolescent Health

Preventing Drug Use among Children and Adolescents: A Research-Based Guide for Parents, Educators, and Community Leaders

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This brochure presents the updated prevention principles, an overview of program planning, and critical first steps for those learning about prevention. Thus, this shortened edition can serve as an introduction to research-based prevention for those new to the field of drug abuse prevention. Selected resources and references are also provided

Material Type: Reading, Teaching/Learning Strategy

The Relationship Between Parenting and Delinquency: A Meta-analysis

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This meta-analysis of 161 published and unpublished manuscripts was conducted to determine whether the association between parenting and delinquency exists and what the magnitude of this linkage is. The strongest links were found for parental monitoring, psychological control, and negative aspects of support such as rejection and hostility, accounting for up to 11% of the variance in delinquency. Several effect sizes were moderated by parent and child gender, child age, informant on parenting, and delinquency type, indicating that some parenting behaviors are more important for particular contexts or subsamples. Although both dimensions of warmth and support seem to be important, surprisingly very few studies focused on parenting styles. Furthermore, fewer than 20% of the studies focused on parenting behavior of fathers, despite the fact that the effect of poor support by fathers was larger than poor maternal support, particularly for sons. Implications for theory and parenting are discussed.

Material Type: Homework/Assignment

Authors: Jan R. M. Gerris, Judith Semon Dubas, Machteld Hoeve, Peter H. van der Laan, Veroni I. Eichelsheim, Wilma Smeenk

How to practice safe sexting

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Sexting, like anything that's fun, runs its risks — but a serious violation of privacy shouldn't be one of them. Amy Adele Hasinoff looks at problematic responses to sexting in mass media, law and education, offering practical solutions for how individuals and tech companies can protect sensitive (and, ahem, potentially scandalous) digital files.

Material Type: Lesson

Author: Amy Adele Hasinoff

Amber's Secret

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This problem-based case focuses on the female menstrual cycle and early stages of pregnancy of an unwed teenager. Working in small groups, students identify the learning issues for each part of the story and research answers to their questions. They are then given more of the case to evaluate. The cycle of analysis, information seeking, and sharing is repeated for each stage of the case. The case can be used in numerous settings including general health, biology, and sociology classes or in more specialized courses such as physiology, endocrinology, nursing, medicine, human development, social services, or counseling.

Material Type: Case Study

Authors: Clyde Freeman Herreid, Lisa Marie Rubin

Theoretical Perspectives on Sibling Relationships

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Although siblings are a fixture of family life, research on sibling relationships lags behind that on other family relationships. To stimulate interest in sibling research and to serve as a guide for future investigations by family scholars, we review four theoretical psychologically oriented perspectives—(a) psychoanalytic-evolutionary, (b) social psychological, (c) social learning, and (d) family-ecological systems—that can inform research on sibling relationships, including perspectives on the nature and influences on developmental, individual, and group differences in sibling relationships. Given that most research on siblings has focused on childhood and adolescence, our review highlights these developmental periods, but we also incorporate the limited research on adult sibling relationships, including in formulating suggestions for future research on this fundamental family relationship.

Material Type: Homework/Assignment

Authors: Anna Soli, Shawn D. Whiteman, Susan M. McHale

Helping Your Preschool Child

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This guide offers fun activities for parents to use during everyday routines to help babies, toddlers, and preschoolers develop skills needed for success in school and life. The booklet also describes behaviors and changes parents can expect to see during these three developmental stages.

Material Type: Activity/Lab

Neighbours, Asia/Pacific: Papau New Guinea

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This unit of Global Words begins with the concept of neighbourliness and then extends the focus to Pacific island neighbour, Papua New Guinea - its place in relation to Australia, major languages and the culture of traditional storytelling. Unit elements include an overview, description of focus, teaching and learning activities, and links to the Australian Curriculum and NSW syllabus. The unit explores the cross-curriculum priority of Asia and Australia's engagement with Asia through the Australian Curriculum: English, and strands of language, literature and literacy, applied to a range of texts and text types.

Material Type: Activity/Lab, Game, Reading, Syllabus, Teaching/Learning Strategy

Author: Gray, Mary

Anatomy & Physiology

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You probably have a general understanding of how your body works. But do you fully comprehend how all of the intricate functions and systems of the human body work together to keep you healthy? This course will provide that insight. By approaching the study of the body in an organized way, you will be able to connect what you learn about anatomy and physiology to what you already know about your own body. By taking this course, you will begin to think and speak in the language of the domain while integrating the knowledge you gain about anatomy to support explanations of physiological phenomenon. The course focuses on a few themes that, when taken together, provide a full view of what the human body is capable of and of the exciting processes going on inside of it. Topics covered include: Structure and Function, Homeostasis, Levels of Organization, and Integration of Systems. Note: This free course requires registration

Material Type: Activity/Lab, Assessment, Diagram/Illustration, Interactive, Reading

Health Across the Life Span: Frameworks,Contexts,and Measurements

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Introduces and examines the basic principles which guide growth and development and the health of individuals across the lifespan, from the prenatal period through senescence. Presents methodological, conceptual and substantive issues necessary for understanding and evaluating empirically based information about growth, development and health at different stages of life and from different academic perspectives. Course covers several themes, including contributions of biological and environmental factors to health and human development, measuring the health of individuals in communities, understanding determinants and consequences of health and development across the lifespan, measuring population health and assessing the implications of health disparities.

Material Type: Full Course, Homework/Assignment, Lecture Notes, Syllabus

Authors: Mmari,Heather, Mosley,Henry

The Human Microbiome Project

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The healthy adult body hosts ten times as many microbial cells as human cells.The metagenome carried collectively by these microbial communities dwarfs the human genome in size, and their influences on normal development, diet and obesity, immunity, and disease are under active research. Funded by the National Institutes of Health Common Fund, the Human Microbiome Project (HMP) was established to provide a comprehensive baseline of the microbial diversity at 18 different human body sites.These data join resources generated by computational tool development for analysis of the microbiome, research on the ethical, legal, and social implications of the microbiota, technology development for investigating these microbial communities, and a range of disease-focused microbiome demonstration projects.

Material Type: Data Set, Primary Source

6.5 Nerves, Hormones & Homeostasis

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6.5 Nerves, Hormones & Homeostasis | i-Biologyi-biology.net/ibdpbio/06-human-health.../nerves-hormones-homeostasis/‎Cached SimilarEssential Biology 6.5 Nerves, Hormones and Homeostasis .........o0O0o. ... Tutorial and game from think-bank ..... Online Learning ... Creative Commons License

Material Type: Diagram/Illustration, Interactive, Unit of Study

Author: Stephen Taylor

Depression in Older Adults

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Depression is less prevalent among older adults than among younger adults but can have serious consequences. Over half of cases represent a first onset in later life. Although suicide rates in the elderly are declining, they are still higher than in younger adults and more closely associated with depression. Depressed older adults are less likely to endorse affective symptoms and more likely to display cognitive changes, somatic symptoms, and loss of interest than are younger adults. Risk factors leading to the development of late life depression likely comprise complex interactions among genetic vulnerabilities, cognitive diathesis, age-associated neurobiological changes, and stressful events. Insomnia is an often overlooked risk factor for late life depression. We suggest that a common pathway to depression in older adults, regardless of which predisposing risks are most prominent, may be curtailment of daily activities. Accompanying self-critical thinking may exacerbate and maintain a depressed state. Offsetting the increasing prevalence of certain risk factors in late life are age-related increases in psychological resilience. Other protective factors include higher education and socioeconomic status, engagement in valued activities, and religious or spiritual involvement. Treatments including behavioral therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, cognitive bibliotherapy, problem-solving therapy, brief psychodynamic therapy, and life review/reminiscence therapy are effective but too infrequently used with older adults. Preventive interventions including education for individuals with chronic illness, behavioral activation, cognitive restructuring, problem-solving skills training, group support, and life review have also received support.

Material Type: Homework/Assignment

Authors: Amy Fiske, Julie Loebach Wetherell, Margaret Gatz