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Culture and Psychological Development

Culture and Psychological Development

Dabie Nabuzoka | Janet Empson


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From infancy through to school age and beyond, most children are in constant contact with an array of social influences. Home life, education, community and the media all have some part to play in a child's development.
In this absorbing book, the authors discuss the ways such diverse cultural settings impact on behaviour and how children are shaped by the world around them. They examine development from both a cultural and cross-cultural perspective, drawing on case studies, to illuminate theoretical insights.
Students of both developmental and cultural psychology will find this to be the perfect starting point from which to investigate this fascinating topic further.
DABIE NABUZOKA is Principal Lecturer in Psychology at Leeds Metropolitan University, UK, and Chartered Psychologist of the British Psychological Society (BPS). His research interests include cultural influences on child development and the social functioning of children with learning disabilities. He is co-author (with Janet Empson) of Atypical Child Development in Context (Palgrave Macmillan).
JANET M. EMPSON is a Visiting Fellow to the Faculty of Development and Society at Sheffield Hallam University, Associate Fellow of British Psychological Society (BPS) and full member of the Health Division of the BPS. Her specialist teaching and research area is developmental psychology with a particular interest in child health and well-being. She is co-author (with Dabie Nabuzoka) of Atypical Child Development in Context (Palgrave).
This is most suitable for a final year psychology option, and it can strongly be recommended as supplementary reading for any human development course. It makes a very useful distinction between cultural psychology and the cross-cultural, and it has a strong research emphasis. There are very few up-to-date texts in this area, it will corner the market!' - Dr Dave Hiles, Principal Lecturer in Psychology, De Montfort University, Leicester, UK 

An enlightening introduction to the impact of social and cultural factors on human development. The authors consider the theoretical perspectives on how the family, school and wider community influence development of behaviour, encouraging the reader to evaluate psychological theories in the light of cross-cultural evidence.

Table of Contents

Section Title Page Action Price
Cover \r Cover
Half-Title\r i
Title iii
Copyright iv
Dedication v
Contents vii
Acknowledgements x
Notes on Contributors xi
Epigraph xii
Introduction and Guide to the Book 1
Rationale and focus of the book 1
Structure and features of the book 3
Overview of chapters 4
1 Culture’s Influence on Psychological Development 11
1.1 Introduction 11
1.2 Socialization of children and developmental outcomes 15
1.3 Summary and conclusions 23
2 Approaches to Studying Human Development in Diverse Cultures 27
2.1 Introduction 28
2.2 Cultural perspectives on human development 31
2.3 Models and theories of development 41
2.4 Methodological approaches 48
2.5 Summary and conclusions 50
3 Child-Rearing Goals and Practices 55
3.1 Introduction 56
3.2 Cultural models and parental ethnotheories 58
3.3 Culture, childrearing and child development 63
3.4 Acculturation and childrearing 69
3.5 Childrearing in indigenous Sámi and majority Norwegian cultures: A comparative study 72
3.6 General conclusions 82
4 Social Disadvantage and Child Development 92
4.1 Introduction 93
4.2 Subcultures of social disadvantage 94
4.3 Poverty and social disadvantage 98
4.4 Effects of poverty on children 102
4.5 Individual differences in susceptibility to effects of social disadvantage 122
4.6 A theoretical framework for child development in conditions of poverty 127
4.7 Conclusions 130
5 Culture and Cognitive Development 142
5.1 Introduction 142
5.2 Models of the relationship between culture and intellectual functioning 144
5.3 Theoretical perspectives 147
5.4 Relationship between cognitive and social development 163
5.5 Implications of the cultural context of cognitive development 169
5.6 Summary and conclusions 171
6 Language and Psychological Development 178
6.1 Introduction 179
6.2 Universal features and cultural variations across languages 180
6.3 The role of language 184
6.4 Bilingualism 189
6.5 Summary and conclusions 203
7 The Development of Cultural and Ethnic Identity 209
7.1 Introduction 210
7.2 Religion and ethnicity 211
7.3 Prejudice and children’s understanding of ethnic groups 214
7.4 Children’s ethnic attitudes 218
7.5 Religious identity 226
7.6 Social-psychological theories 233
7.7 Summary and conclusions 238
8. Culture in Applied Developmental Psychology 247
8.1 Introduction 247
8.2 Application of theory and research findings 250
8.3 Implications for policy and practice 265
8.4 Issues in applied developmental psychology and research 285
8.5 Conclusions 293
Glossary 302
Author Index 313
Subject Index 325