ERIC Number: EJ816132
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Abstractor: As Provided
Presidential Address: Social Change and Human Development--Experiences from German Unification
Silbereisen, Rainer K.
International Journal of Behavioral Development, v29 n1 p2-13 2005
It is well known that human development is influenced by social change. In particular, as evidenced by research on German unification, the rapid change of social institutions can impact on various aspects of behaviour and development. Based on my own research experience in this field, I want to show the necessity for a better interdisciplinary collaboration, for more comparative research across divergent manifestations of social change, and for a strong orientation towards application. The address begins with a record of unwarranted assertions about the consequences of German unification. Following that, I discuss the role played by the change of social institutions in the timing of important psychosocial transitions during adolescence and young adulthood. Next, I present a conceptual model that informed our research on self-efficacy as a resource in mastering the new challenges. I conclude with suggestions concerning the development of interventions aimed at increasing people's capabilities to capitalise on opportunities provided by profound change in social institutions. At each step, such research needs to be supported by comprehensive models of the interplay between context and the individual. I also underscore the role of ISSBD as a potential broker for new efforts in research and application in this regard.
Descriptors: Research Needs, Self Efficacy, Group Unity, Social Change, Individual Development, Foreign Countries, Interdisciplinary Approach, Adolescents, Young Adults, Role, Intervention, Models, Adjustment (to Environment)
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Identifiers - Location: Germany