Cultural Influences on Child Development
The Importance of Childhood Development
- Classical conditioning. Drawing associations between a stimulus and response. For example, children in religious families might associate bedtime with prayers.
- Operant conditioning. Drawing associations between a reward and an action. For example, children might receive dessert after eating their vegetables.
- Observational learning. Absorbing and copying what they see from others in real life or in the media. For example, a child might say, “Time to clean up” because a teacher says it in school.
Recognizing Cultural Influences on Child Development
Parental Influences on Child Development
Collectivist vs. Individualistic Cultures and Parental Discipline
Environmental Influences on Child Development
Media Influences on Child Development
A Crucial Understanding of Childhood Development
Careers That Incorporate Cultural Influences on Child Development
Child Life Specialist
Mental Health Counselor
Community Health Worker
Child Care Center Director
- Child and family social work
- Example: Guiding children through the adoption process or the foster system, or locating community child care services
- School social work
- Example: Helping students with behavioral issues find a therapist
- Mental health social work
- Example: Connecting children who have anxiety or depression with a psychiatrist or support group
- Healthcare social work
- Example: Supporting children through a diagnosis and hospital visits