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FAU Psychology Professor Authors Book Examining the Nature of Childhood

BOCA RATON , FL (June 12, 2007) – Florida Atlantic University psychology professor David F. Bjorklund, Ph.D., has written “Why Youth Is Not Wasted on the Young,” a book that examines the nature of childhood through an evolutionary lens. The book argues that childhood is an essential stage of development with its own unique purposes, separate from those of adulthood – a time of growth and discovery that should not be rushed.

“This book is about childhood, both in terms of the physical characteristics and limitations of youngsters, and also how society views children, and what it expects from its youngest members,” says Bjorklund. “Some aspects of human’s slow march to adulthood are a product of biology, plain and simple, and although these features of childhood may have changed over evolutionary time, they characterize children worldwide today.”

The book covers topics such as the benefits of youth, adapting to the niche of childhood, and the changing face of childhood, and challenges common perceptions of children as simply “adults in training.” It is available for purchase as a paperback through any bookseller online.

“I hope my insights about these issues, and some of the implications they raise about how we rear and educate children today, strikes a cord with readers,” says Bjorklund. “Perhaps it will cause people to view children and their long journey to adulthood a bit differently.”   

Bjorklund has taught graduate and undergraduate courses in developmental psychology since 1976 at FAU. He received a B.A. degree in psychology from the University of Massachusetts in 1971, a master’s degree in psychology from the University of Dayton in 1973, and a Ph.D. degree in developmental psychology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1976. He also is the editor of the Journal of Experimental Child Psychology.

For more information, contact Dr. David F. Bjorklund at 561-297-3367 or


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