This is a collection of 289 articles on various facets of child development, focusing on topics of interest to and written at a level appropriate for general readers and high school students and above. Overview articles of about 3,000 words look at particular topics such as parenting and child abuse. Introductory articles of about 1,500 words offer briefer discussions of areas such as day care, home schooling, and friendship. Biographies (about 400 words) review the lives of pioneers in the field of child development. Definitions, about 150 words long, are also included. Each encyclopedia entry is followed by a bibliography. Salkind teaches psychology and research in education at the University of Kansas.