"a set of carefully packed, tightly condensed springs which offer the reader jumping-off points and signposts to further work. Certainly it is a book for reference and to spend time with." (Terence Gaussen, Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, January 2004)
"As a survey of the scientific understanding of childhood social development, this book is outstanding."
–Martin Guha, Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College, London
"Smith and Hart did a masterful job of bringing together material about a large and diverse field ... Because the writing is consistently clear and engaging across the 30 topics (by 70-plus authors), this book will be accessible and interesting to a wide variety of readers. For those long involved in the field, it provides multiple perspectives that will serve to broaden or even better integrate their own approaches. For those new to the field, it serves as an excellent introduction to where the field of social development has been and where it is going."
–J. F. Heberle, Albright College