Childhood and Adolescence: Cross-Cultural Perspectives and Applications

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Distinguished authors detail cross-cultural issues affecting youngsters, including parenting practices, gender role socialization, risk and resilience in childhood, and more. The text challenges existing beliefs about childhood development, offers current research on childrearing and socialization practices in diverse cultures, and examines social and educational policies as they relate to children and adolescents. Socialization practices within families, communities, and educational settings are included.

This volume, which includes both field-based and experimental research, will appeal to practitioners, scholars, and students in the fields of child psychology, cross-cultural psychology, anthropology, sociology, child and family studies, and social work.

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UWE P. GIELEN is a Professor of Psychology and Director of the Institute for International and Cross-Cultural Psychology at St. Francis College in New York City. He is a former President of the Society of Cross-Cultural Research and of the International Council of Psychologists, as well as past Chair of the Psychology Section of the New York Academy of Sciences. He has been Editor of both World Psychology and the International Journal of Group Tensions. He is Co-editor or Co-author of 11 books including International Perspectives on Human Development, Cross-Cultural Topics in Psychology (2nd edition), Psychology in the Arab Countries and a forthcoming volume, Families in Global Perspective.

JAIPAUL ROOPNARINE is a Professor of Child Studies at Syracuse University. He has authored or co-authored more than 80 journal articles and book chapters in the areas of developmental psychology and early childhood education.

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Table of Contents

Pt. I Worldwide perspectives on childhood and adolescence 1
1 The cross-cultural study of human development : an opinionated historical introduction 3
2 Cross-cultural research on childhood 46
3 All the world's children : the impact of global demographic trends and economic disparities 81
4 Literacy development in global perspective : a research and policy approach 110
Pt. II Childcare and parenting 131
5 Social contexts of weaning : the importance of cross-cultural studies 133
6 Challenging expert knowledge : findings from an African study of infant care and development 149
7 Competence and satisfaction in parenting young children : an ecological, multivariate comparison of expressions and sources of self-evaluation in the United States and Argentina 166
Pt. III Two themes in children's lives : gender roles and siblings 197
8 Gender roles in childhood and adolescence 199
9 Sibling interactions 229
Pt. IV Adolescents in the global village 253
10 Adolescents in the developing world 255
11 Adolescence in the twenty-first century : a worldwide survey 277
Pt. V The adaptation of immigrant children in the United States 295
12 The adaptation and acculturation of children from immigrant families 297
13 Factors tied to the schooling of children of English-speaking Caribbean immigrants in the United States 319
14 The acquisition of English and maintenance of first language by immigrant children and adolescents in North America 350
Pt. VI Difficult adjustments 375
15 The changing developmental dynamics of children in particularly difficult circumstances : examples of street and war-traumatized children 377
16 Cross-cultural perspectives on developmental psychopathology 411
17 Cross-cultural human development : following the yellow brick road in search of new approaches for the twenty-first century 433
Selected bibliography 443
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