Societal Contexts of Child Development: Pathways of Influence and Implications for Practice and…

Hardcover | September 25, 2013

EditorElizabeth T. Gershoff, Rashmita S. Mistry, Danielle A. Crosby

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In the last half century, developmental scientists have become increasingly interested in studying contexts beyond the home environment that contribute to children's growth and development, including physical contexts such as schools and neighborhoods, as well as social contexts such aspoverty. During this same period, a number of social trends have significantly impacted children's daily lives, including shifts in gender roles and expectations, the emergence of an early care and education system, and the proliferation of media technology.Societal Contexts of Child Development provides comprehensive literature reviews for six broad contextual influences on children's development that have emerged as key areas of inquiry in contemporary society - gender, child care, culture and ethnicity, poverty, schools and neighborhoods, and media.In the spirit of applied developmental science, this book considers these six contextual domains in a series of two linked chapters written by experts in the interdisciplinary field of developmental science. The first chapter in each section is organized as a review of basic research relevant to a particular context, including a discussion of prominent theoretical and methodological issues. The second chapter in each section then addresses the same context from an applied research perspective, examiningand documenting how research has been, can be, or should be used to enhance the everyday lives and developmental outcomes of children and their families through interventions and/or social policies. The book concludes with a chapter specifically dedicated to making connections between research andpractice and an epilogue that situates the book's chapters within the field's study of contexts. Societal Contexts of Child Development will appeal to a broad audience of scholars, students, practitioners, and policymakers from the disciplines of psychology, sociology, economics, human development, and public policy.

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In the last half century, developmental scientists have become increasingly interested in studying contexts beyond the home environment that contribute to children's growth and development, including physical contexts such as schools and neighborhoods, as well as social contexts such aspoverty. During this same period, a number of soci...

Elizabeth T. Gershoff, PhD, is Associate Professor of Human Development and Family Sciences at the University of Texas, Austin. Dr. Gershoff studies the impacts of parenting, poverty, community violence, neighborhoods, and school contexts on child and youth development over time. Rashmita S. Mistry, PhD, is Associate Professor of Educa...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:272 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.98 inPublished:September 25, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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AcknowledgmentsAbout the EditorsContributorsElizabeth T. Gershoff, Rashmita S. Mistry, and Danielle A. Crosby: Introduction: Contextualizing Child DevelopmentSection I: Gender Roles as a Restrictive Context1. Lynn S. Liben, Rebecca S. Bigler, and Lacey J. Hilliard: Gender Development: From Universality to Individuality2. Jacquelynne S. Eccles: Gender and Achievement ChoicesSection II: Child Care: An Early Contextual Opportunity3. Marion O'Brien, Jennifer M. Weaver, Margaret Burchinal, Alison Clarke-Stewart, and Deborah Lowe Vandell: Women's Work and Child Care: Perspectives and Prospects4. Martha Zaslow, Danielle A. Crosby, and Nina Smith: Issues of Quality and Access Emerging from the Changing Early Childhood Policy Context: Towards the Next Generation of ResearchSection III: Cultural Contexts and Immigrant Families5. Amy K. Marks, Camila Godoy, and Cynthia Garc!a Coll: An Ecological Approach to Understanding Immigrant Child and Adolescent Developmental Competencies6. Ana Maria Nieto and Hirokazu Yoshikawa: Beyond Families and Schools: Future Directions in Practice and Policy for Children in Immigrant FamiliesSection IV: Child Poverty as a Limiting Context of Development7. Vonnie McLoyd, Rashmita S. Mistry, and Cecily R. Hardaway: Poverty and Children's Development: Familial Processes as Mediating Influences8. Thomas S. Weisner and Greg J. Duncan: The World Isn't Linear or Additive or Decontextualized: Pluralism and Mixed Methods in Understanding the Effects of Anti-Poverty Programs on Children and ParentingSection V: Schools and Neighborhoods: The Microcosms of Childhood9. Elizabeth T. Gershoff and Aprile D. Benner: Neighborhood and School Contexts in the Lives of Children10. Robert Crosnoe and Tama Leventhal: School- and Neighborhood-Based Interventions to Improve the Lives of Disadvantaged ChildrenSection VI: Development in the Context of Omnipresent Media11. Sandra L. Calvert and Ellen A. Wartella: Children and Electronic Media12. Rosemarie T. Truglio and Jennifer A. Kotler: Language, Literacy and Media: What's the Word on Sesame Street?Section VII: Programs and Policies as Contextual Opportunities for Improving Children's Lives13. Robert C. Granger, Vivian Tseng, and Brian L. Wilcox: Connecting Research and PracticeAletha C. Huston: Epilogue: The Ecology of Human Development in the Twenty-First Century AlethaIndex