chapter  6
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Cultural Influences in a Multicultural Society: Conceptual and Methodological Issues

The challenges involved in illuminating the role of culture in child development are as formidable as the imperatives are great. Although culture and its relation to development have been a focus of concern for several decades among anthropologists, leading journals in child and adolescent development continue to show a conspicuous paucity of research in this area. This is no doubt due to many factors, but one in particular stands out as both fundamentally important and eminently remediable: Researchers who potentially might be interested in studying the interplay between culture and development have neither had the training nor research instruments needed to undertake high-quality programs of research on the topic.