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paedo- (child) +‎ psychology (study of the mind)


  • (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /piːdəʊsaɪˈkɒləd͡ʒɪ/, /piːdəʊpsaɪˈkɒləd͡ʒɪ/
  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˌpiːdəʊsʌɪˈkɒləd͡ʒi/, /ˌpiːdəʊpsʌɪˈkɒləd͡ʒi/
  • (US) IPA(key): /ˌpidoʊsaɪˈkɑləd͡ʒi/, /ˌpidoʊpsaɪˈkɑləd͡ʒi/


paedopsychology (uncountable)

  1. The systematic study or theoretical consideration of the nature, functioning, and development of the minds (or, more rarely, the souls) of children and/or infants; child psychology.
    • 1935, United States Office of Education, Bulletin, page 67:
      Paedopsychology and pathological psychology
    • 1981, Raquel Bialik, Broadening Health Possibilities among a Marginal Urban Community in Mexico City: El Taller de Salud, page 3:
      Each one of our working areas…, instead of being called, let us say, “Paidopsychology Laboratory” or the “Gynecology exploration room”, are named: “The children’s corner” or “The Lupes”.
    • 1984, Marie Kyralová and Jana Přívratská (editors), Symposium Comenianum 1982, page 84:
      František Cáda (1865–1918) found the historical sources of prewar paedopsychology primarily in Comenius and Rousseau.
    • 1986, Freddy Deven and Robert L. Cliquet (editors), One-Parent Families in Europe: Trends, experiences, implications, page 133:
      There were…studies in the field of social pathology, pedagogics, pediatrics and paedopsychology.
    • 2013, Jairzinho Lopes Pereira, Augustine of Hippo and Martin Luther on Original Sin and Justification of the Sinner, part I, chapter 3, § 3.4, page 196:
      Original Sin is at the core of what can be called the Augustinian behavioural paedopsychology. His conclusions on the issue may provide some links even for contemporary debates among paedopsychologists¹⁶⁷.
      167 […] Daniel Dombrowski criticizes both Augustine’s view on children and Colin Starnes’ approval of the same view bringing to the discussion the genetic epistemology of the giant of paedopsychology, the Swiss psychologist and Philosopher Jean Piaget.
    • For more examples of usage of this term, see Citations:paedopsychology.

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