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Development and Psychopathology
The field of developmental psychopathology has seen growth in research focusing on interdisciplinarity and normative developmental processes, including context-linked coping and adaptations. However, there continues to be an uncomfortable and unarticulated perspective to view others as having culture and “the self” as representing the standard. A call for explicit cultural considerations in research is needed to augment the impact of these new and other significant conceptual contributions noted. Sociopolitical influences on social contexts relevant to the different trajectories associated with youths' opportunities and challenges are presented. We focus on macrolevel factors that frame contexts in which individual development occurs. A federal and educational policy is used to illustrate how unexamined cultural traditions and patterns embedded in research and policy impact development. These examples provide insight in presenting issues of vulnerability, particularly for youth, and afford opportunities to present advances and challenges paralleled in the developmental psychopathology field.
Spencer, M. B., & Swanson, D. (2013). Opportunities and Challenges to the Development of Healthy Children and Youth Living in Diverse Communities. Development and Psychopathology, 25 (4pt2), 1551-1566. http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S095457941300076X
Date Posted: 08 April 2015
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