Developmental and Educational Psychology II


The course delves into the stages of cognitive, emotional, and relational development by considering biological, social, and cultural factors. At the end of the course, students will be able to recognize the milestones of development and to evaluate developmental trajectories associated with typical development. The second part of the course will illustrate the developmental tasks typical of different evolutionary stages from birth to elderly age, with particular attention to the developmental issues associated with them. The course will conclude with an overview of the foundations of developmental clinical psychology.


Psychomotor development from birth to adolescence

Perceptive and motor development

Linguistic development: language development stages

Cognitive development: Piaget’s and Vygotsky’s theories

Emotional development: emotional development stages from birth to adolescence

Social and personality development: development of self-perception, social self, and prosocial and moral competences

Theory of the mind development

Development in the life cycle

Ageing and elderly psychology

Introduction to developmental psychopathology: learning disabilities, ADHD, Oppositional-Defiant Disorder, Autism


The achievement of course objectives will be assessed through a final written and oral examination.


  • Santrock (2017). Psicologia dello sviluppo, McGraw-Hill Education.
  • Shaffer (2015). Psicologia dello sviluppo – Infanzia e adolescenza, Piccin.
  • Anna Emilia Berti, Anna Silvia Bombi (2018). Corso di psicologia dello sviluppo. Dalla nascita all’adolescenza, Il Mulino.
  • Fontana, Celi (2015). Psicopatologia dello Sviluppo, McGraw-Hill.
  • Tripaldi, Mezzaluna, Ferri (2021). Comprendere l’adolescente. Indicazioni cliniche in ottica cognitivo comportamentale. Alpes Italia.