Book review: From Birth to Sixteen

Senior lecturer Alyson Davies reviews an account of the social context of child development

From Birth to Sixteen: Children’s Health, Social, Emotional and Linguistic Development Helen Cowie Routledge £25.99 | 206pp ISBN: 9780815379812

Now in its second edition, this book is an excellent resource for nurses of children and young people across a range of sectors.

It covers a wide range of topics, beginning with an exploration of the developing brain. Its account of the social context of child development is underpinned by Bronfenbrenner’s ecological systems theory. Further topics include attachment, peer relationships and addictions.

Each chapter begins with a clear account of the content and covers a wealth of relevant research evidence. Case studies and discussion points provide an opportunity to reflect and apply the evidence to practice. Information boxes provide information on reports, videos and evidence to further inform the reader.

The chapter on engaging with social media is especially pertinent in light of recent high


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