Race, Ethnicity, and Culture in Child Development: Contemporary Research and Future Directions


  • The order of authorship beyond the lead editor is alphabetical to reflect the shared contribution of the special issue editors to the production of this issue and editorial statement.

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The editors of this special issue reflect on the current status and future directions of research on race, ethnicity, and culture in child development. Research in the special issue disentangles race, ethnicity, culture, and immigrant status, and identifies mediators of sociocultural variables on developmental outcomes. The special issue includes important research on normal development in context for ethnic and racial minority children, addresses racial and ethnic identity development, and considers intergroup processes. The methodological innovations as well as challenges of current research are highlighted. It is recommended that future research adhere to principles of cultural validity described in the text.