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Commentary: Leapfrogging as a Principle for Research on Children and Youth in Majority World Settings


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I am writing this commentary while visiting the 30th International Congress of Psychology in Cape Town, South Africa. Looking at the program, I see that psychological research on non-Western populations and internationally comparative research seems to be much en vogue! However, much of the research I have seen left me—as a representative of a research funding organization—rather puzzled.