Development in a Wider Context
Evolutionary treatments of development have tended to emphasize topics such as the parent—child relationship or dominance among peers because these topics have clear parallels in the animal literature and because the proximal mechanisms may be similar. Missing has been an evolutionary treatment of influences on the context of development—influences that affect development by their effects on the microenvironments in which the great majority of psychological research is performed. The key to a theoretical integration of these larger influences is to provide an evolutionary analysis of classes of contextual variables that have broad effects on the contexts of development.
KeywordsSocial Control Central Tendency Contextual Variable Contextual Influence Proximal Mechanism
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