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Literature Review and Analysis: Culture and Development
A review of literature regarding childhood development in diverse cultural contexts.
# 102451 | 2,370 words | 10 sources | APA | 2008 | US

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The purpose of this study is to examine the influences of cultural variations on childhood development, by looking closer at the research that already exists on the topic. It holds that existing literature does not pay enough attention to the impact of culture, especially regarding the parent-child relationship, on developmental psychology. While the role of parenting has been long recognized as an important component in development, this recognition has existed mostly devoid of cultural context. The paper argues that culture does have an influence on development, and will consequently have an influence on any planned intervention strategy. The paper concludes that what is critically needed is further research into the subject to demonstrate statistically viable methods for conducting important therapies and interventions in different cultural settings that are backed by legitimate theory and research.

Literature Review and Analysis
Current Limitations of Family Therapy Theory
Importance of Cultural Context
Emerging Picture of Culture's Effects

From the Paper:

"On a theoretical level, developmental psychologists and theorists have been plagued by the same impulses that beset researchers in most disciplines: the desire to devise a single, all-encompassing theory. What dedicated researcher doesn't dream of a single theory that can provide all of the answers for all of the questions that have been (and will be) asked? This impulse has led to the creation of many theories, such as attachment theory, that strive toward a grand theory of development. But attachment theory has been exaggerated in its usefulness to explain actual instances of childhood development. Lamb (2005) concludes that development is much too complex, owing largely to the complicating effects of culture, to be easily reduced to a single theoretical approach. Contrary to the tenets of attachment theory, empirical data has consistently shown that there is more to development than just the parent-child relationship (though, admittedly, this is an important component)."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Baptiste, D.A. (2005). Family therapy with East Indian immigrant parents rearing children in the United States: parental concerns, therapeutic issues, and recommendations. Contemporary Family Therapy, 27(3): 345-366.
  • Bradley, R.H. and Corwyn, R.F. (2005). Caring for children around the world: a view from HOME. International Journal of Behavioral Development, 29(6): 468-478.
  • Caldera, Y.M. and Lindsey, E.W. (2006). Coparenting, mother-infant interaction, and infant-parent attachment relationships in two-parent families. Journal of Family Psychology, 20(2), pp. 275-283.
  • Deutsch, F.M. (2001). Equally shared parenting. Current Directions in Psychological Science, 10(1), pp. 25-28.
  • Keller, H., Borke, J., Yovsi, R, Lohaus, A., and Jensen, H. (2005). Cultural orientations and historical changes as predictors of parenting behavior. International Journal of Behavioral Development, 29(3): 229-237.

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