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

Elizabeth T. Gershoff, Rashmita S. Mistry, and Danielle A. Crosby


In the past half century, contextual models of child development have risen to prominence, and contexts beyond the home environment have been increasingly recognized as important to children’s development. During this same period, a number of social trends have significantly impacted the daily lives of children, including major shifts in gender roles and expectations; the emergence of an early care and education system; the proliferation of media technology; increased racial and ethnic diversity, driven by new immigration flows; and, notable changes in social policy regarding low-income famili ... More

Keywords: Contexts, gender, media, child care, immigration, poverty, schools, neighborhoods, public policy

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Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199943913
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199943913.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Elizabeth T. Gershoff, editor
University of Texas, Austin

Rashmita S. Mistry, editor
University of California, Los Angeles

Danielle A. Crosby, editor
University of North Carolina, Greensboro

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Section I Gender as a Shaping Context

1 Gender Development

Lynn S. Liben, Rebecca S. Bigler, and Lacey J. Hilliard

2 Gender and Achievement Choices

Jacquelynne S. Eccles

Section II Child Care

3 Women’s Work and Child Care

Marion O’Brien, Jennifer M. Weaver, Margaret Burchinal, K. Alison Clarke-Stewart, and Deborah Lowe Vandell

Section III Cultural Contexts and Immigrant Families

6 Beyond Families and Schools

Ana Maria Nieto, and Hirokazu Yoshikawa

Section IV Child Poverty as a Limiting Context of Development

7 Poverty and Children’s Development

Vonnie McLoyd, Rashmita S. Mistry, and Cecily R. Hardaway

8 The World Isn’t Linear or Additive or Decontextualized

Thomas S. Weisner, and Greg J. Duncan

Section V Schools and Neighborhoods

9 Neighborhood and School Contexts in the Lives of Children

Elizabeth T. Gershoff, and Aprile D. Benner

Section VI Development in the Context of Omnipresent Media

11 Children and Electronic Media

Sandra L. Calvert, and Ellen A. Wartella

12 Language, Literacy, and Media

Rosemarie T. Truglio, and Jennifer A. Kotler

Section VII Programs and Policies as Contextual Opportunities for Improving Children’s Lives

13 Connecting Research and Practice

Robert C. Granger, Vivian Tseng, and Brian L. Wilcox


Aletha C. Huston

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