On giving developmental psychology away

Durkin, Kevin and Rudolph Schaffer, H. (2016) On giving developmental psychology away. In: The Wiley Handbook of Developmental Psychology in Practice. WileyBlackwell, pp. 3-21. ISBN 978-1-4051-6336-1

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Abstract

The book you have just opened deals with thousands of billions of dollars – and much more.. If you are a taxpayer (or aspire to become a taxpayer), or a parent (or plan to become a parent), some of those dollars, euros or pounds will be yours. It costs a lot to raise children, to provide the care and services that they will need on the long journey to adulthood, and these costs are met by families, public services, and charities. If you are a practitioner in a field related to human development and wellbeing, or a policymaker engaged in decisions about the distribution of resources across services, you will be aware that the costs borne by the broader community are enormous – so much so that we often do not have enough to address all needs.