Childhood and Adolescence
Cross-Cultural Perspectives and Applications, 2nd Edition
by Uwe P. Gielen and Jaipaul L. Roopnarine, Editors
January 2016, 501pp, 6 1/8x9 1/4
1 volume, Praeger

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The vast majority—96 percent—of the world’s children live outside the U.S.

This comprehensive reference analyzes psychological and anthropological studies concerning child and adolescent development across cultures, digging into often-forgotten topics like street children, child soldiers, and parenting in war-torn countries.

Traditionally, research on child and adolescent development has focused on American youth, inadvertently neglecting 96 percent of the world’s children. This all-encompassing volume introduces global perspectives on young people across the globe, focusing on such topics as parenting and childcare, gender roles, violence against girls, adolescence in poor and rich countries, and developmental psychopathology across cultures. Recently updated, the second edition includes the latest findings in the field, additional content, and new photos and charts.

With contributions from leading psychological and anthropological scholars, chapters address worldwide changes in children’s lives, parent-child relationships, sibling relationships, immigrant children and their families, and adolescents in both industrialized and developing nations. A special section discusses children living in difficult circumstances, including street children, child soldiers, global nomads, and children suffering from various internalizing and externalizing disorders. This book is the perfect introduction to the latest trends in developmental psychology.


  • Considers parenting and childhood development in different mating and marital systems
  • Includes compelling but often neglected topics, such as children and teens in war-torn countries
  • Contains the most recent and detailed research on the topic, written in accessible, nontechnical language
  • Integrates psychological and anthropological perspectives
  • Features research conducted across the globe, from remote locations through first-world countries
Uwe P. Gielen, PhD, is founder and executive director of the Institute for International and Cross-Cultural Psychology as well as professor emeritus at St. Francis College, Brooklyn Heights, NY. His published works include Principles of Multicultural Counseling and Therapy, Handbook of Counseling and Psychotherapy in an International Context, and Handbook of Culture, Therapy, and Healing. Gielen holds a doctorate in social psychology from Harvard University.

Jaipaul L. Roopnarine, PhD, is Pearl Falk Professor of Childhood and Family Studies and director of the Jack Reilly Institute for Early Childhood and Provider Education at Syracuse University. He also serves as a research scientist at the University of the West Indies, St. Augustine, Trinidad and Tobago. His published works include Approaches to Early Childhood Education, Issues and Perspectives in Early Childhood Development and Education in Caribbean Countries, and Families in Global Perspective. He holds a doctorate in child development from the University of Wisconsin.


"This focus on contextualism, which is on display in this collection, not only permits one to study cultural similarities and differences in developmental processes but also to make developmental comparisons within cultural contexts by integrating contributions by anthropologists, sociologists, and psychologists. Summing Up: Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates and above."—Choice, July 1, 2016

"Gielen and Roopnarine’s volume has the potential to fill an important role in science of childhood and developmental science. Instructors at both the undergraduate and graduate levels will find the book useful as a course text or as supplementary material. The writing and editing is welcoming to non-academics as well, and policymakers, health professionals, and clinicians, and even parents, will find the information found between covers of the book useful."—PsycCRITIQUES, August 26, 2016
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