Author: Eric Rayner
Table of Contents
Acknowledgements. Introduction. Being Pregnant. The First Months. The Second Six Months. One to
Two Years Old. Two to Three Years Old. Three to Five Years Old. Early School Days. Adolescence.
Work, Identity and Love. Partnership and Marriage. Parenthood. Being Alone. Mid-Life. Old Age. Dying,
Grief and Mourning. Conclusion. Suggested Films and Videos. References. Index.
This third edition of Eric Rayner's classic text on the crucial phases of human development has been
completely updated to take into account recent research findings. The text also reflects developments in
society and fuller consideration is now given to sexual partnering, divorce and single parent families.
Human Development describes and theorises about life situations from before birth to death. The book is
an invitation to self-exploration as well as being a source of information. Theoretical discussion is
illustrated by case descriptions to enable the reader to understand important and widely used
psychoanalytic and psychological concepts. No 'set answers' are provided; instead the book is an
invitation to argument. An invaluable introductory text, Human Development also provides detailed notes
and references to guide the reader to further study.
'A very useful book for counsellors'