Developmental and Genetic Influences on Child Health Promotion

Developmental and Genetic Influences on Child Health Promotion

  • Foundations of growth and development
    • Growth
      • Increase in number and size of cells as they divide and synthesize new proteins
    • Development
      • Gradual change and expansion
      • Advancement from lower to more advanced stages of complexity
      • The emerging and expanding of the individual’s capacities through growth, maturation, and learning
    • Maturation
      • Increase in competence and expansion
    • Differentiation
      • Process by which cells and structures are modified and altered to achieve characteristic physical and chemical properties
      • Sometimes used to describe the trend of mass to specific; development from simple to more complex activities and functions

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