Common Language is underpinned by a mixture of child development and social policy research drawn from several disciplines, including psychology, sociology and the health sciences. Some books, articles and occassionally video material are useful to several applications of Common Language. A full reference list is available here. The reading is reflective of the core themes of Common Language, including child development; risk and protective Factors; needs and rights; thresholds; services and activities; outcomes and outputs; assessment; management information; planning children's services; strategy and service Design; evaluation; child development in the context of children's Services. In time it is intended to create a database of materials that can be interrogated in several ways.
Items in bold can be accessed online or downloaded free of charge.
Anderson, L. et al (2003) 'The effectiveness of early childhood development programs: a systematic review, American Journal of Preventive Medicine', 24, (3), p.32-46.
Axford, N., Berry, V. and Little, M. (2006) 'Enhancing service evaluability: lessons from a programme for disaffected young people', Children and Society, 20, (4), p.287-298.
Axford, N., Little, M. and Morpeth, L. (2003) 'Children’s Services in the UK 1997-2003: problems, developments and challenges for the future', Children and Society, 17, p.205-214.
Bradshaw, J. (1972) 'The concept of social need', New Society, 19, P.640-643.
Di Blasi, Z. et al (2001) 'Influence of context effects on health outcomes: a systematic review', The Lancet, 357, 9258, p.757-762.
Garmezy, N. (1985) ‘Stress resistant children: the search for protective factors’ in Stevenson, J. (ed) Recent Research in Developmental Psychology, Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry (Book Supplement No. 4).
Hagell, A. (2004) Time trends in adolescent well-being, The Nuffield Foundation.
Little, M. et al (2000) ‘Risk and Protection in the Context of Services for Children in Need’, Child and Family Social Work, 9, 105-117
Meyer, R. and Haggerty, R. (1962) 'Streptococcal infections in families: factors altering individual susceptibility', Pediatrics, 29, 4, pp. 539-549.
Reddy, L. and Pfeiffer, S. (1997) Effectiveness of treatment foster care with children and adolescents: a review of outcome studies, Journal of American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 36, (5), p.581-588.
Rutter, M. (1987) ‘Psychosocial resilience and protective mechanisms’, American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, 57, 316-331.
Rutter, M. (1989) 'Pathways from childhood to adult life', Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 30, 23-51.
Sandberg, S., Rutter, M., Giles, S. et al (1993) 'Assessment of psychological experiences in childhood: methodological issues and some illustrative findings', Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 42, 523-532.
Ball, S.J. (ed) (2004) The RoutledgeFalmer Reader in Sociology of Education, London, RoutledgeFalmer.
Barlow, J. (1997) Systematic review of the effectiveness of parent-training programmes in improving behaviour problems, Oxford, Health Services Research Unit, Department of Public Helath, Oxford University.
Brazleton, T. and Greenspan, S. (2000) The Irreducible Needs of Children: what every child must have to grow, learn and flourish, New York, HarperCollins Publishers.
Christakis, N. (1998) Death foretold: prophecy and prognosis and medial care, Chicago, University of Chicago Press.
DeHart, G.B. et al (2004) Child Development: its nature and course, Los Angeles, McGraw-Hill.
Department of Health (1995) Child Protection: messages from research, HMSO, London.
Doyal, L. and Gough, I. (1991) A theory of human need, Basingstoke, Macmillan Press Ltd, 247-273.
Little, M. and Mount, K. (1999) Prevention and Early Intervention with Children in Need, Aldershot, Ashgate.
Medawar, P. (1982) Pluto’s Republic: incorporating the art of the soluble and induction and intuition in scientific thought, Oxford, Oxford University Press, pp.85-98.
Nussbaum, M. (2000) Women and human development: the capabilities approach, New York, Cambridge University Press.
Parker, R. et al (1991) Looking after children: assessing outcomes in child care, London, HMSO.
Percy-Smith, J, and Sandersen, I. (1992) Understanding Local Needs, IPPR, London, 5-14.
Rose, G. (1998) The Strategy of Preventive Medicine, Oxford, Oxford University Press.
Rossi, P., Lipsey, M. and Freeman, H. (2004) Evaluation: a systematic approach, London, Sage Publications.
Rutter, M. and Taylor, E. (eds) (2002) Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Oxford, Blackwell Publishing.
Shonkoff, J. and Philips, D. (eds) (2000) From Neurons to Neighbourhoods, USA, National Academy of Sciences.
Smith, P. et al. (2003) Understanding Children’s Development, Oxford, Blackwell.
Townsend, P. (1979) Poverty in the United Kingdom: A Survey of Household Resources and Standards of Living, University of California Press, Berkeley.
Utting, D. (1993) Crime and the family: improving child-rearing and preventing delinquency, London, Family Policy Studies Centre.
Vanistendael, S. (1998) Growth in the Muddle of Life: Resilience: Building on People’s strengths, ICCB, Geneva.
Werner, E, and Smith, R. (1992) Overcoming the Odds: High Risk Children from Birth to Adulthood, Cornell University Press, Ithaca, NY.
West, D.J. (1973) Who becomes delinquent? London, Heinemann.
Williams, H.S. and Webb, A.Y. (1992) Outcome Funding: a new approach to public sector grant making and contracting, Rensselaerville, Rensselaerville Institute.
(3) Contributions to books
Achenbach, T. (1997) ‘What is normal? What is abnormal? Developmental perspectives on behavioural and emotional problems’ in Luthar, S. et al. (eds) Developmental psychopathology: perspectives on risk, adjustment and disorder, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press.
Angold, A. (2002) ‘Diagnostic interviews with parents and children’, in Rutter, M. and Taylor, E. (eds) Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Oxford, Blackwell.
Ceci, S. et al. (2002) ‘Children’s testimony’, in Rutter, M. and Taylor, E. (eds) Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Oxford, Blackwell.
Garmezy, N. (1994) ‘Reflections and commentary on risk, resilience, and development’, in Haggerty, R.J. et al (eds) Stress, Risk and Resilience in Children and Adolescents: Processes, Mechanisms and Intervention, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge.
Goodin, R. (1990) ‘Relative needs’, in Ware, A. and Goodin R. (eds) Need and Welfare, London, Sage.
Haggerty, R. (1994) ‘Stress and coping: a unifying theme’ in, Haggerty, R.J. et al (eds) Stress, Risk and Resilience in Children and Adolescents: Processes, Mechanisms and Intervention, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge.
Little, M. (2002) ‘The law concerning services for children with social and psychological problems’, in Rutter, M. and Taylor, E. (eds) (2002) Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Oxford, Blackwell Publishing.
Maughan, B. (2001) ‘Prospect and retrospect: Lessons from longitudinal research’, in Taylor, E. and Green, L. (eds) Research Innovation on the Road to Modern Child Psychiatry, Volume 1, Festchrift for Professor Sir Michael Rutter, London, Gaskell.
Rutter, M. and Taylor, E. (2002) ‘Classification: conceptual issues and substantive findings’, in Rutter, M. and Taylor, E. (eds) Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Oxford, Blackwell Publishing.
Rutter, M. and Taylor, E. (2002) ‘Clinical assessment and diagnostic formulation’, in Rutter, M. and Taylor, E. (eds) Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Oxford, Blackwell Publishing.
Rutter, M. et al (1998) ‘Retrospective recall recalled’, in Cairns, R. et al. Methods and Models for Studying the Individual, Thousand Oaks, Sage.
Rutter, M. (1979) ‘Protective factors in children’s responses to stress and disadvantage’, in Bruner, J, and Garten, A. Primary Prevention of Psychopathology, University Press of New England, Hanover, NH.
Ware, A. and Goodin, R. (1990) ‘Introduction’, in Ware, A. and Goodin R. (eds) Need and Welfare, London, Sage.
Verhulst, F. and Van der Ende, J. (2002) ‘Rating scales’, in Rutter, M. and Taylor, E. Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Oxford, Blackwell Publishing.
American Psychiatric Association (2000) Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-IV), Fourth Edition, Washington DC, APA.
Axford, N., Little, M., Morpeth, L. and Weyts, A. (2003) Evaluating Best Practice with Children and Families: a practitioners' primer, Dartington, Warren House Press.
W.K.Kellogg Foundation (2001) Logic Model Development Guide, Michigan, W.K.Kellogg.
Little, M. and Axford, N. (2004) Meeting needs or protecting rights: which way for children’s services? Unpublished paper.
Little, M., Axford, N. and Morpeth, L. (2002) Aggregating Data: better management information and planning in children's services, Dartington, Warren House Press.
Little, M., Axford, N. and Morpeth, L. (2003) Threshold: determining the extent of impairment to children's development, Dartington, Warren House Press.
Little, M., Madge, J., Mount, K., Ryan, M. and Tunnard, J. (1999) Matching Needs and Services, 2nd Edition, Dartington, Dartington Academic Press.
Little, M. and Mount, K. (2003) PaperWork: the clinical assessment of children in need, Dartington, Warren House Press.
Little, M. (2002) Prediction: perspectives on diagnosis, prognosis and interventions for children in need, Dartington, Warren House Press.
Meltzer, H. et al (2000) Mental health of children and adolescents in Great Britain, London, The Stationary Office.
The Up Series. [Seven Up/7 Plus Seven/ 21 Up/ 28 Up/ 35 Up/ 42 Up] (1999) [DVD] Directed by Michael Apted, USA.
The Lifecourse Model by Child Trends
World Health Organisation (1992) The ICD-10 Classification of Mental and Behavioural Disorders, Geneva, WHO.