Contemporary Perspectives Set Challenge for Social Development Research

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Originally published in Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 1994, Vol 39(2), 187. Reviews the book, Childhood Social Development: Contemporary Perspectives edited by Harry McGurk (1992). McGurk has reunited the contributions of leading researchers who joined him 15 years ago in a previous work on social development. Readers are challenged to recognize not only the interplay among different systems within the child (e.g., biological, cognitive, social) but also the interactions of the child developing within numerous social systems, such as the family, peer, educational, and broader societal systems. This book was not designed to be a comprehensive text on social development, but a collection of pioneering thoughts on the state of the field. It would be ideal for a graduate seminar on social development, with its challenge to reconceptualize constructs, measures, and analyses to incorporate not only the developmental processes with the individual child but also the coconstructive processes within adult-child and peer relationships embedded within a cultural context. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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