PSYb2600 Application of Developmental Psychology

Faculty of Social Studies
Spring 2021
Extent and Intensity
1/1/0. 5 credit(s). Type of Completion: zk (examination).
Taught online.
doc. Mgr. Lenka Lacinová, Ph.D. (lecturer)
prof. PhDr. Petr Macek, CSc. (lecturer)
Mgr. Zuzana Masopustová, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Mgr. Ondřej Bouša (lecturer)
Mgr. Lenka Pivodová (lecturer)
doc. Mgr. Anna Ševčíková, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Guaranteed by
doc. Mgr. Lenka Lacinová, Ph.D.
Department of Psychology - Faculty of Social Studies
Supplier department: Department of Psychology - Faculty of Social Studies
Mon 16:00–17:40 P52
Prerequisites (in Czech)
! PSY260 Application of Developmental Psychology && ( PSY103 Developmental psychology I || PSYb1030 Developmental psychology I )
Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is only offered to the students of the study fields the course is directly associated with.
fields of study / plans the course is directly associated with
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Course objectives
The course objective is to:
- acquaint students with various fields of applied developmental psychology in a life-long perspective
- teach students to apply the knowledge of developmental psychology and to interpret various phenomena of normative development in their context
- increase students' sensitivity to the developmental-psychological aspects of mental processes and behavior in the lifelong perspective
- prepare students, in a partial way,for basics in psychodiagnostic process that requires a developmental-psychological point of view
Learning outcomes
students should:
- be capable to apply developmental psychology perspective on critical analysis of trends in parenting, education etc.
- gain basic understanding to dynamics within families after childbirth or adoption
- understand that the effects and impacts of life events or therapeutic interventions on child's development might differ in relation to the child’s age
- understand the importance of developmentally appropriate interventions
- gain an insight into how core developmental theories and principles can be applied in real-life contexts
- be able to critically read psychology research papers and understand and apply their findings with respect to developmental psychology context
- be capable to identify the risk and protective factors and understand the mechanisms when facing with a child’s developmental history
  • Introduction to applied developmental psychology
  • Foster parents training
  • Adaptation to the childbirth, infant crying
  • Parenting today: parenting approaches, mistakes, and risks
  • Restlessness and ADHD in childhood, adolescence, and adulthood
  • Speech and language development: developmental perspective on speech and language therapy approaches
  • Emerging adulthood: counseling practice
  • Attachment theory based interventions
  • Family relationships I: Parental conflict - developmental perspective
  • Family relationships II: Boundary dissolution in the family system
  • Family relationships III: Parental alienation syndrome
  • Maturity: ageism, auto-ageism, longevity, intergenerational family counseling
    required literature
  • Lerner, R. M., Fisher, C. B. (2000). Toward a Science for and of the People: Promoting Civil Society through the Application of Developmental Science. Child Development, 71, 11-20.
  • Nicole Zarrett, N., Lerner, R. M. (2008). Ways to promote the positive development of children and youth. Child Trends: Washington, DC.
  • Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology
  • Millová, K. (2009). Analýza některých současných teorií celoživotního vývoje. E-psychologie, 3, 45 – 54
Teaching methods
lectures are given by professionals in the field/on the topic with class discussions with a lecturer on a given topic
Assessment methods
oral examination consists of individual presentation and discussion
each student is supposed to prepare presentations on 5 different topics from applied developmental psychology
the presentation should be based on critical review of at least two research papers and metaanalysis related to the topic
the final grade is an evaluation of:
- the quality of student's presentation (40%)
- student's ability to discuss his/her topic with an examinator and other students (40%)
- the quality and relevance of student's involvement in discussion with other students following their presentations (20%)
Language of instruction
Further comments (probably available only in Czech)
Study Materials
The course is taught annually.
The course is also listed under the following terms Spring 2020.
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