Socioemotional Development in Cultural Context
Edited by Xinyin Chen, Kenneth H. Rubin
Guilford Press – 2011 – 342 pages
Filling a significant gap in the literature, this book examines the impact of culture on the social behaviors, emotions, and relationships of children around the world. It also explores cultural differences in what is seen as adaptive or maladaptive development. Eminent scholars discuss major theoretical perspectives on culture and development and present cutting-edge research findings. The volume addresses key aspects of socioemotional functioning, including emotional expressivity, parent-child and peer relationships, autonomy, self-regulation, intergroup attitudes, and aggression. Implications for culturally informed intervention and prevention are highlighted.
This book will be invaluable to developmental, social, educational, and child clinical psychologists; and other researchers and practitioners who work with children. It may also serve as a supplemental text in graduate-level courses.
"This volume signals a new stage in our thinking about the role of culture in socioemotional development. As the distinguished contributors demonstrate, the study of culture has moved from description to process, from static to dynamic, and from a single- to a multilevel enterprise. Scholars and students across a range of disciplines will find the volume's theoretical, applied, and policy insights of great value. Highly recommended." - Ross D. Parke, Distinguished Professor of Psychology, Emeritus, University of California, Riverside, USA
"At long last, we have a book that describes the intersections between culture and socioemotional development! Chen and Rubin bring together an impressive array of scholars who have dedicated their careers to understanding the ways that emotions, self-regulation, attachment, ethnic identity, and peer relationships, among many topics, are shaped by the cultural context in which they develop. The chapters are written in a very accessible manner, making the book appropriate for both introductory and advanced psychology courses. I strongly and enthusiastically recommend this book for any student, scholar, or professional who is interested in children and adolescents." - Niobe Way, Department of Applied Psychology, New York University, USA, and President, Society for Research on Adolescence, USA
Part I: Theoretical Perspectives and Policy Implications. Stevenson-Hinde, Culture and Socioemotional Development, with a Focus on Fearfulness and Attachment. Chen, Culture, Social Interaction, and Socioemotional Functioning: A Contextual-developmental Perspective. Yoshikawa, Currie, Culture, Public Policy, and Child Development. Part II: Socialization of Socioemotional Functioning. Harkness, Super, Mavridis, Parental Ethnotheories about Children’s Socioemotional Development. Rothbaum, Rusk, Pathways to Emotion Regulation: Cultural Differences in Internalization. Part III: Socioemotional Processes. Trommsdorff, Cole, Emotion, Self-regulation, and Social Behavior in Cultural Contexts. Keller, Otto, Different Faces of Autonomy. Yip, Douglass, Ethnic/Racial Identity and Peer Relationships Across Elementary, Middle, and High Schools. Rubin, Oh, Menzer, Ellison, Dyadic Relationships from a Cross-cultural Perspective: Parent-child Relationships and Friendship. Part IV: Adaptive and Maladaptive Social Functioning. Killen, Brenick, Morality, Exclusion, and Culture. French, The Cultural Context of Child and Adolescent Conflict Management. Guerra, Hammons, Clutter, Culture, Families, and Children’s Aggression: Findings from Jamaica, Japan, and Latinos in the United States. Silbereisen, Tomasik, Psychosocial Functioning in the Context of Social, Economic, and Political Change.
Edited by Xinyin Chen, PhD, Applied Psychology and Human Development Division, Graduate School of Education, University of Pennsylvania, USA and Kenneth H. Rubin, PhD, Center for Children, Relationships, and Culture, University of Maryland, USA