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Bridging Cultural and Developmental Approaches to PsychologyNew Syntheses in Theory, Research, and Policy$
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Lene Arnett Jensen

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780195383430

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195383430.001.0001

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Culture, Peer Relationships, and Human Development

Culture, Peer Relationships, and Human Development

(p.92) Chapter 5 Culture, Peer Relationships, and Human Development
Bridging Cultural and Developmental Approaches to Psychology

Xinyin Chen

Oxford University Press

Cultural norms and values play an important role in shaping the processes of peer interactions, the structural and functional features of friendships and groups, and behavioral antecedents and concomitants of peer acceptance and rejection. By organizing these aspects of peer relationships, culture provides particular social contexts for children and adolescents to develop their socioemotional characteristics and cognitive abilities according to socialization goals. This chapter discusses a contextual-developmental perspective focusing on the role of peer interaction in bridging culture and socioemotional development. According to this perspective, cultural norms and values provide a basis for social evaluative processes in peer interaction, which in turn serve to regulate individual behavior. Culture also guides the social interaction processes by specifying the nature and function of different peer contexts such as friendships and groups in which interaction occurs.

Keywords:   cultural values, peer interaction, relationships, socioemotional development, cultural norms

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