Persons in Context: Developmental Processes

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Niall Bolger, Avshalom Caspi, Geraldine Downey, Martha Moorehouse
Cambridge University Press, Mar 23, 2007 - Psychology - 276 pages
Social changes, including women's entry into the labour force and higher rates of divorce and remarriage, dramatically altered family life and raised complex questions about how individuals develop in the ever changing contexts of family, community and society. The goal of this 1989 volume is to enhance our understanding of human development in an evolving social context. Featuring contributions by eminent scholars in developmental, clinical and personality psychology, behavioural genetics and sociology, Persons in Context: Developmental Processes presents advances in theory and research on two central topics: how environments influence individuals in the course of development and how individuals select and shape the very environments that influence their development. The volume assembles a theoretically convergent body of research on how individuals and environments are linked in the course of development, including studies of genetics - environment relations, social interns, social interchanges in family systems, and linkages between the family and other major settings, such as peer groups, communities, and the larger social structure.
 

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Contents

research perspectives
1
present and future
25
ways of viewing their relationships to each other
50
an emerging perspective on the life course
77
loops levels and linkages
114
6On the constructive role of problem behavior in adolescence
152
7The sociogenesis of self concepts
181
8Putting persons back into the context
203
development and individual differences
217
Name index
245
Subject index
251
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