The cultural context of infant development: Variability, specificity, and universality

Yana A. Kuchirko, Catherine Tamis-Lemonda

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Abstract

Researchers in developmental science often examine parenting and child development by ethnic, racial, and socioeconomic groups, frequently highlighting group differences in parent and infant behaviors. A sole focus on differences, however, obscures notable variability that exists within each community. Moreover, categories such as ethnicity and race are often assumed to encompass shared cultural backgrounds, which risks conflating race, ethnicity, and culture in psychological research. In this chapter, we examine cultural specificity and within-group heterogeneity that characterizes parenting and child development across socio-economic, ethnic, and racial groups. Drawing upon our work on ethnically and socioeconomically diverse parents and infants, we document the between-group differences, within-group variation, and universal processes in the form and content of parent-infant interactions. Most centrally, we highlight the role of family economic, human, and social capital in explaining the variability in parent-infant interactions across racial, ethnic, and cultural groups

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationAdvances in Child Development and Behavior
PublisherAcademic Press Inc.
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2019

Publication series

NameAdvances in Child Development and Behavior
ISSN (Print)0065-2407

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Child Development
Parenting
Ethnic Groups
Economics
Infant Behavior
Parents
Research Personnel
Psychology
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Keywords

  • Cultural differences
  • Culture
  • Ethnicity
  • Parent-infant interactions
  • Race

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Behavioral Neuroscience

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Kuchirko, Y. A., & Tamis-Lemonda, C. (2019). The cultural context of infant development: Variability, specificity, and universality. In Advances in Child Development and Behavior (Advances in Child Development and Behavior). Academic Press Inc.. https://doi.org/10.1016/bs.acdb.2019.04.004

The cultural context of infant development : Variability, specificity, and universality. / Kuchirko, Yana A.; Tamis-Lemonda, Catherine.

Advances in Child Development and Behavior. Academic Press Inc., 2019. (Advances in Child Development and Behavior).

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Kuchirko, YA & Tamis-Lemonda, C 2019, The cultural context of infant development: Variability, specificity, and universality. in Advances in Child Development and Behavior. Advances in Child Development and Behavior, Academic Press Inc. https://doi.org/10.1016/bs.acdb.2019.04.004
Kuchirko YA, Tamis-Lemonda C. The cultural context of infant development: Variability, specificity, and universality. In Advances in Child Development and Behavior. Academic Press Inc. 2019. (Advances in Child Development and Behavior). https://doi.org/10.1016/bs.acdb.2019.04.004
Kuchirko, Yana A. ; Tamis-Lemonda, Catherine. / The cultural context of infant development : Variability, specificity, and universality. Advances in Child Development and Behavior. Academic Press Inc., 2019. (Advances in Child Development and Behavior).
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