GSE Publications

Document Type

Journal Article

Date of this Version

11-2013

Publication Source

Development and Psychopathology

Volume

25

Issue

4pt2

Start Page

1551

Last Page

1566

DOI

10.1017/S095457941300076X

Abstract

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.

Comments

Dr. Margaret Beale Spencer is an emerita professor of the University of Pennsylvania.

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This document has been peer reviewed.