chapter  20
Cross-Cultural and Comparative Developmental Psychology
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In the search for explanation, cross-cultural developmental psychology ranges from the mere establishment of norms of variation in behavior development, or cultural differences, to the theory and hypothesis-guided testing of specific assertions about developmental principles. In a sense, then, naturalistic variation in behavior and in genetic-environmental conditions is used to simulate developmental arrangements that could be created within one culture only with great difficulty or not at all. Following Campbell's (1969) general proposal, the cross-cultural researcher seeks situations in which "Mother Nature" has arranged conditions that turn out to approximate the researcher's own intentions as closely as possible.