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Off With Hollingshead: Socioeconomic Resources, Parenting, and Child Development

Human developmentalists have a long and rich research tradition of studying associations among socioeconomic status (SES), family structure and function, and child development. Ideas are powerful organizers of individual behavior and social action. Theories of SES, parenting-child development relations can be linked to a democratic and socially just nation for families and children or people can be linked to ill-founded inequities, discrimination, or even horrendous constraints on human freedom and opportunity. The path to pursue in the science and in the applications to policy and practice people support are clear. Psychogenic theories have traditionally stood in contrast to sociogenic models. Developmental systems models are integrative conceptions. In contrast to split and reductionistic perspectives, such models take a relational, synthetic approach to understanding the multiple levels of organization involved in human development. The developmental process envisioned in the dynamic, relational, developmental systems perspective stands in marked contrast to the conceptualization of the process found in split sociogenic, psychogenic, or biogenic positions.