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ERIC Number: EJ816490
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 61
ISSN: ISSN-0165-0254
Human Development in Times of Social Change: Theoretical Considerations and Research Needs
Pinquart, Martin; Silbereisen, Rainer K.
International Journal of Behavioral Development, v28 n4 p289-298 2004
Although social change is diverse and ubiquitous, there is to date little research on the impact of social change on individual development, nor on the variables that may mediate and moderate this impact. This lack is, in part, based on insufficient consideration of psychological theories that may be applied to social change, but particularly on the lack of specific theories on psychological consequences of social change. In addition, methodological problems in measuring the complexity of social change have limited research on the consequences of social change on human development. With a focus on the effects of the breakdown of the communist system in Eastern Germany and Eastern Europe on individual development, the present paper analyses how prominent psychological theories can be applied to research on human development in times of social change, namely, Bronfenbrenner's ecological paradigm, the transactional stress theory, and recent developments of lifespan theories of control and coping. A behavioural model is introduced that analyses developmental consequences of individual's coping with social change. Finally, we discuss methodological implications for studying social change and set out future research needs. (Contains 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Europe; Germany