This text examines key aspects of personal, social and emotional development, from the attachments of early childhood through to the adolescent years. It considers the influences that shape development and the processes through which they operate. The book involves the reader with key debates in developmental psychology by reference to a mixture of classic studies and recent research. Particular chapters deal with the growth of the emotions, the development of self identity and the establishment of moral understanding. These are linked with considerations of the experiences of growing up in families and the specific issues of adolescence. The book combines investigations of normal features of development with a concern for the ways in which these can go wrong. The whole provides a critical introduction to current theory and research in these important aspects of child development.