Contemporary Issues in Child and Adolescent Development

This course aims to provide an introduction to the different aspects of child and adolescent development from a lifespan perspective. It introduces the factors and process in child and adolescent development and psychological adjustment, including critical concepts, theories and studies that provide a broad understanding of the nature and needs of individuals at child and adolescent stages. This course is designed to facilitate students’ ability to appreciate and critically examine the major theoretical traditions and research studies in child and adolescent development, understand the diversity of influences on the perceptual, cognitive and social development of child and adolescent, have a clear understanding of the contemporary issues in child and adolescent, such as self-harm and suicidal ideation, crisis intervention and management, school and cyber bullying, internet and mobile addiction, and academic-related stress and anxiety.