Developmental Psych Cohort 09

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Outline of Methods Tutorial

Required or assigned readings are preceded by an asterisk [*]; others are recommended.

February 4th, How to disentangle causal direction? Example: parenting and development; cross-lagged designs and other methods.


*Bell, R. Q., & Chapman, M. (1986) Child effects in studies using experimental and brief longitudinal approaches to socialization.  Developmental Psychology, 22, 595-603.

*Anderson, K. E. et al. (1986) Mothers’ interaction with normal and conduct-disordered boys with normal and conduct-disordered boys: Who affects whom? Developmental Psychology, 22, 604-609.

*Scarmello, L. A. et al. (2008) Parenting and children’s distress reactivity during todderhood: An examination of direction of effects. Social Development, 17(3), 578-595.

*Pp.454-456 on cross-lagged designs; plus other pages critiquing such methods.  cross-laged designs


Bell, R. (1968) A reinterpretation of the directions of effects in studies of socialization.  Psychological Review, 75, 81-95.

Paterson, G., & Sanson, A. (1999) The association of behavioural adjustment to temperament, parenting and family characteristics among 5-year-old children. Social Development, 8, 293-309.

Saltzstein, H. D. (1976) Social influence and moral development: A      perspective on the role of parents and peers. In T. Lickona (Ed.), Moral development and behavior: Theory, research and social issues. Holt, Rinehart & Winston.

February 18th, How to combine more naturalistic and experimental methods?


*Koenig, A. L. Koenig, Cichetti, D., & Rogosch, F. A. (2004) Moral development: The association between maltreatment and young children’s prosocial behaviors and moral transgressions.

*Schudlich *, T. D. et al. (2004) Marital conflict, children’s representations, and children’s dispositions towards peer conflict strategies. Social Development, 13, 171-192.

*Kochanska, G. (2002) Committed compliance, moral self, and internalization: A mediational model. Developmental Psychology, 38, 339-351.

*Takagi, Y., & Saltzstein, H. D. (2008) A New Approach to Assessing the Cognitive and Affective Character of Parent-Child Moral Encounters. Paper presented at the annual meetings of the Jean Piaget Society, Quebec City, Canada  Takagi_2008_slides


Saltzstein, H. D. The relationship between moral judgment and behavior: A social-cognitive and decision-making analysis. Human Development, 37, 299-312.

Pesonen, Anu-Katriina et al. (2008) A transactional model of temperamental development: Evidence of a relationship between child temperament and maternal stress over five years. Social Development, 17(2), 326-340.


Tracey Link’s unpublished dissertation:

March 4th Studying a phenomenon by trying to change it [Lewin’s dictum].


*Mugny, G., & Doise, W. (1978) Socio-cognitive conflict and structure of individual and collective performance. European Journal of Social Psychology, 8, 181-192.  Mugny & Doise (1978)

*Kuhn, D. (1974) Inducing development experimentally: Comments on a research paradigm. Developmental Psychology, 10, 590-600.  Kuhn (1974)

*Saltzstein, H. D., Dias, M., & Millery, M. (2004) Moral Suggestibility: The complex interaction of developmental, cultural and contextual factors. Applied Cognitive Psychology, 18, 1079-1096.  Saltzstein, Dias, & Millery (2004)


Lourenço, O., & Machado, P. (1996) In defense of Piaget’s theory: A reply to 10 common criticisms. Psychological

March 18thStudying development cross-culturally?


*Cole, M. (1996) Cultural Psychology, Harvard University Press, Chapter 7. A cultural approach to ontogeny.  Cole’s chapter

*Ishiii, K., Reyes, J. A., & Kitayama, S. (2003) Spontaneous attention to word content versus emotional tone: Differences among three cultures. Psychological Science, 14, 39-46.

*Keller, H., Voelker, S., & Yovsi, R. D. (2005) Conceptions of parenting in different cultural communities: The case of West African Nso and Northern German Women. Social Development, 14(1), 158-180.

*Rothbaum, F. et al. (2000) Attachment and culture: Security in the United States and Japan.  American Psychologist, 55, 1093-1104.

*Steinberg, L, Lamborn, S. D., Darling, N., Mounts, N. S., & Dornbusch, S. M. (1994) Over-time changes in adjustment and competence among adolescents from authoritative, authoritarian, indulgent, and neglectful families. Child Development, 65, 754-770.


Tamis-Lemonda, C. et al. (2008) Parent goals for children: The dynamic co-existence of individualism and collectivism in cultures and individuals. Social Development, 17(1), 183-209.

Briggs, J. L. (1992) Mazes of meanings: How a child and a culture create each others. In New Directions for Child and Adolescent Development, #58, 25-49.

March 25th

How to know something? How do we know when we know it?


* Lewin, K. (1931) The conflict between Aristotelian and Galilean modes of thought in contemporary psychology.

Plus guest lectures on:

April 15nd: Design Research [Anna]

April 22th:  Narrative methods [Colette]

April 29th: Laboratory experiments with infants [Sarah]

May 13th: “Evaluation Methods for Establishing the Efficacy of Developmental and Public Health Interventions” [Deborah]

Dates to be announced on the following:

Focus groups coordinated with Gary’s class [Joe], to be coordinated with Gary’s class

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