The Young Child and Social Relationships in Developing Countries

A Contrast Among Senegal, Burkina Faso, and Haiti
  • Sue C. Wortham
Part of the Educating the Young Child book series (EDYC, volume 1)

This chapter examines the development of young children’s interpersonal relationships in three developing countries that share a history as French colonies. The author uses Bronfenbrenner’s ecological systems theory as the theoretical base and observations, and interviews gathered across a 4-year period as the data. The result is a comparison of the multi-layered social contexts of Senegal, Burkina Faos, and Haiti and the effects of those contexts on the lives of young children in each.


social relationships interpersonal relationships families developing countries young children ecological systems theory Bronfenbrenner microsystem mesosystem exosystem macrosystem Africa Senegal Burkina Faso Haiti 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Sue C. Wortham
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  1. 1.University of Texas of San AntonioSan AntonioUSA

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