The complexity of culture

We may think of culture as being static and acting on individuals. However, culture, like people, develops and changes. Even as culture influences children and adolescents as they grow and develop, children and adolescents also influence culture.

To prepare:

  • As you review the Learning Resources for this week, think about how culture influences the development of children and adolescents.
  • Similarly, think about how children and adolescents influence the development of culture.
  • Select at least one of the Learning Resources for discussion. 

Post by Day 3: Explain the reciprocal relationship of culture and child and adolescent culture. In your explanation, identify two ways that children or adolescents influence culture, and two ways culture influences child and or adolescent development. Support your post with at least one article from your Learning Resources or a peer-reviewed journal. 

Respond by Day 5: Respond to at least two colleagues in one of the following ways:

  • Suggest an article that supports or refutes your colleague’s point of view.
  • Share an insight you gained from your colleague’s post.
  • Provide further evidence of the reciprocal nature of culture and its interactions with children and adolescents.


Cardemil, E. V. (2010). The complexity of culture: Do we embrace the challenge or avoid it? The Scientific Review of Mental Health Practice: Objective Investigations of Controversial and Unorthodox Claims in Clinical Psychology, Psychiatry, and Social Work, 7(2), 41-47. Retrieved from the Walden Library databases.

Derman-Sparks, L., & Olsen Edwards, J. (2010). Anti-bias education for young children and ourselves. Washington, DC: National Association for the Education of Young Children. o Chapter 5, “Learning About Culture, Language, & Fairness” (pp. 55–76)· Levine, R. A. (2011). Traditions in transition: Adolescents remaking culture. ETHOS, 39(4), 426-431. Retrieved from the Walden Library databases.

Löfdahl, A., & Hägglund, S. (2012). Diversity in preschool: Defusing and maintaining differences. Australasian Journal of Early Childhood, 37(1), 119-126. Retrieved from the Walden Library databases.· Miller, J. G. (2005). Essential role of culture in developmental psychology. New Directions for Child & Adolescent Development, 2005(109), 33-41. Retrieved from the Walden Library databases.

Ponciano, L., & Shabazian, A. (2012). Interculturalism: Addressing diversity in early childhood. Dimensions of Early Childhood, 40(1), 23-30. Retrieved from the Walden Library databases.· Sternberg, R. J., & Grigorenko, E. L. (2004). Why we need to explore development in its cultural context. Merrill-Palmer Quarterly, 50(3), 369-386. Retrieved from the Walden Library databases.

Sundar, P., Todd, S., Danseco, E., Kelly, L., & Cunning, S. (2012). Toward a culturally responsive approach to child and youth mental health practice: Integrating the perspectives of service users and providers. Canadian Journal of Community Mental Health, 31(1), 99-113. Retrieved from the Walden Library databases.

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