Subject Research Guides

Developmental Psychology Research Guide

When to Use This Guide

Use this guide when researching psychological behaviors and how they progress, or develop, throughout a person's lifetime.

Finding General or Background Information on Developmental Psychology

Use both general and subject reference sources to find background information on psychology. You can explore broad concepts such as theories, big names in the field, and controversies, as well as specific terminology. Begin with some of the sources listed below.

Subject Headings for Finding Information About Developmental Psychology in the Book and Media Catalog

Finding Articles About Developmental Psychology in Research Databases

EBSCOhost
Search EBSCOhost for psychology articles published in scholarly, popular, and general interest periodicals.

PsycARTICLES and PsycINFO
Contains full-text articles and abstracts from journals published by the American Psychological Association and others. Coverage for some of them extends back to the 19th century. Note the Thesaurus (link at the top of the screen under "Subjects") for help in finding synonyms and broader, narrower, or related concepts.

Congressional Quarterly Researcher (CQ Researcher)
Contains reports about issues widely discussed in the media, including many issues relevant to the study of psychology, such as family, childcare, education, teen sex, baby boomers, or age discrimination.

Selected Web Sites

Internet Resources about Piaget and Vygotsky
The Jean Piaget Society is an “international, interdisciplinary organization of scholars, teachers and researchers interested in exploring the nature of the developmental construction of human knowledge.”

Trends in Human Development
A chapter on developmental psychology from The Many Faces of Psychological Research in the 21st Century, an online-only broad overview of current research agendas and approaches across many of psychology's sub-disciplines.

ADOL: Adolescence Directory On-line
ADOL is a collection of web documents that focus on the social and emotional growth and developmental needs of adolescents. It is provided by the Center for Adolescent and Family Studies at Indiana University.

Forum on Child and Family Statistics
Every year the Forum releases its annual monitoring report, “America's Children: Key National Indicators of Well-Being.” This report presents the most important indicators of the well-being of the nation's children, based on data currently available.

National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)
This section of the NIMH site discusses mental health issues at different stages of development, including in children, older adults, men, and women.

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