Psychology of the Child and the Adolescent

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Glossary
acetylcholine: One of the biochemicals within the nervous system; the release of acetylcholine facilitates the transmission of nerve impulses.
achievement, need for (n Ach): Motive to work persistently, energetically, and eagerly at the accomplishment of tasks and to seek new tasks to accomplish.
adultomorphism: Views or interpretations of the behavior of children that are characterized by the unwarranted assumption that they think, feel, and perceive as adults do.
affective: Characterized by affect--that is, feeling, emotion, temperament, mood, and attitude--as contrasted with cognition.
affiliation, need for (n Aff): Motive to seek affection and emotional support from others and to become involved in dependency relationships with them.
alienation: The feeling of being estranged from society in general and unable to relate to others.
allantois: A sausage-shaped tube that develops during the early stage of the embryo; a portion of the allantois eventually becomes the bladder.
amnion: The sac or membrane that encloses the fetus. The liquid surrounding the fetus is the amniotic fluid.
amphetamines: Stimulants that act on the nervous system to produce wakefulness, restlessness, irritability, anxiety, and rapid heart rate. Paradoxically, some amphetamines seem to have a quieting effect on hyperactive children.
anaclytic depression: Severe depression encountered in infants whose caregiver is absent for an extended period.
anal stage: According to psychoanalytic theory, the period of development during which bowel control is established and the child's pleasure and conflicts are focused on expelling or retaining feces.
analgesic drugs: Drugs used to relieve pain.
animism: The assumption or belief that important objects are living, or that they have feelings, purposes, and motives.
anorexia nervosa: Loss of appetite for food, caused by severe anxiety.
anxiety: State of uneasiness and tension similar to fear, attributable to some vague source within oneself, occurring with respect to the future, or within the context of interpersonal relations.
Apgar scores: Ratings made immediately after birth of the neonate's breathing, muscle tone, heart rate, reflexes, and color.

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