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 Developmentfrom_birth_to_sixteen
Helen Cowie
£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 profile media coverage. It highlights bullying, the effect of social media on children and safeguarding interventions. The book’s final chapter on mental health draws together the issues previously considered. 

Overall, the book is written clearly and enjoyable to read. It will provide a valuable addition to the literature and would advise purchasing it.

Reviewed by Alyson Davies, senior lecturer and field lead for children and young people’s nursing, College of Human and Health Sciences, Swansea University

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