Social Development (PSY 522)

2022 Fall
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
Nebi Sümer,
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Doctoral, Master
Formal lecture,Interactive lecture,Seminar
Interactive,Learner centered,Communicative,Discussion based learning
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This course provides a broad overview of how children behave in and think about the social world. The topics include: innate and early-emerging social knowledge, moral development, social cognition, theory of mind, aggression, bias, and the influence of peers & parents, and culture on development



  Percentage (%)
Final 20
Midterm 20
Term-Paper 20
Participation 5
Individual Project 25
Presentation 10



1. Collins, W. A. (2011) Historical Perspectives on Contemporary Research in Social Development. In P. Smith & C. Hart (Eds.), Childhood
social development (2nd ed.). West Sussex, UK: Blackwell Publishing.
2. Barbot, B., Hein, S., Trentacosta, C., Beckmann, J. F., Bick, J., Crocetti, E., ... van IJzendoorn, M. H. (2020). Manifesto for new
directions in developmental science. New Directions for Child and Adolescent Development, 2020, 135?149.
3. Greenfield, M. P. (2016). Social change, cultural evolution, and human development. Current Opinion in Psychology, 8, 84-92,
4. Amir, D., & McAuliffe, K. (2020). Cross-cultural, developmental psychology: Integrating approaches and key insights. Evolution and
Human Behavior, 41, 430?444.
5. Gregory, A. et al., (2011) CSD Behavioral Genetics Chapter pp. 27-44.
6. Bjorklund, D. F. et al. (2020). Human child-rearing and family from an evolutionary perspective. Cross-Cultural Family Research and Practice.
7. Rothbart ,M.K. (2019). Early Temperament and Psychosocial Development. In: Tremblay RE, Boivin M, Peters RDeV, eds. Rothbart MK, topic ed. Encyclopedia on Early Childhood Development [online]. temperament-and-psychosocial-development.
8. Sanson, A. (2011). CSD. Temperament and Social Development Chapter 12, pp. 227-246.
9. Groh, Ashley & Narayan, Angela & Bakermans-Kranenburg, Marian & Roisman, Glenn & Vaughn, Brian & Fearon, Richard & van IJzendoorn, Marinus. (2016). Attachment and Temperament in the Early Life Course: A Meta-Analytic Review. Child development. 88.
10. Simpson, J. A., & Jones, R. E. (2019). Attachment and social development within a life-history perspective. In D. P. McAdams, R. L. Shiner, & J. L. Tackett (Eds.), Handbook of personality development (p. 257?275). The Guilford Press.
11. Belsky, J., & Fearon, R. M. P. (2008). Precursors of attachment security. In J. Cassidy & P. R. Shaver (Eds.), Handbook of attachment: Theory, research, and clinical applications (p. 295?316). The Guilford Press.
12. Maccoby, E. E. (2015). Historical overview of socialization research and theory. In J. E. Grusec & P. D. Hastings (Eds.), Handbook of socialization: Theory and research (pp. 3-32). New York, NY, US: Guilford Press.
13. Taraban, L., & Shaw, D. S. (2018). Parenting in context: Revisiting Belsky?s classic process of parenting model in early childhood. Developmental Review, 48, 55-81.
14. Fung, H. (2011). CSD Cultural Psychological Perspectives on Social Development in Childhood, Chapter 6, pp 100-118.

15. Chen, Y., Haines, J., Charlton, B. M., & VanderWeele, T. J. (2019). Positive parenting improves multiple aspects of health and well-being in young adulthood. Nature human behaviour, 3(7), 684-691.
16. Keller, H., Lamm, B., Abels, M., Yovsi, R., Borke, J., Jensen, H., Papaligoura, Z., Holub, C., Lo, W., Tomiyama, A. J., Su, Y., Wang, Y., & Chaudhary, N. (2006). Cultural Models, Socialization Goals, and Parenting Ethnotheories: A Multicultural Analysis. Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology, 37(2), 155?172.
17. Kağıtçıbaşı, Ç. (2005). Autonomy and relatedness in cultural context: Implications for self and family. Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology, 36, 403-422.
18. Sorkhabi (2005). Applicability of Baumrind?s parenting typology to collective cultures: Analysis of cultural explanations of parent socialization efforts. International Journal of Behavioral Development, 29, 552 - 563.
19. Pomerantz, Eva & Wang, Qian. (2009). The Role of Parental Control in Children's Development in Western and East Asian Countries. Current Directions in Psychological Science, 18. 285-289.
20. Rothbaum & Trommsdorff (2007). Do roots and wings complement or oppose one another? The socialization of relatedness and autonomy in cultural context, in G & H.
21. Yang, Y., & Wang, Q. (2019). Culture in emotional development. In V. LoBue, K. Perez-Edgar, & K. Buss (Eds.), The handbook of emotional development (pp. 569?594). New York: Springer.
22. Friedlmeier, W., Corapci, F., & Cole, P. M. (2011). Emotion socialization in cross-cultural perspective. Social and Personality Psychology Compass, 5(7), 410?427.
23. Keller, H. (2018). Parenting and socioemotional development in infancy and early childhood. Developmental Review, 50, 31-41
24. Soenens, B., & Vansteenkiste, M. (2010). A theoretical upgrade of the concept of parental psychological control: Proposing new insights on the basis of self-determination theory. Developmental Review, 30, 74-99.
25. Soenens, B., Vansteenkiste, M., & Van Petegem, S. (2015). Let us not throw out the baby with the bathwater: Applying the principle of universalism without uniformity to autonomy-supportive and controlling parenting. Child Development Perspectives, 9, 44-49.
26. Russell, A. (2011). CSD Parent?Child Relationships and Influences, Chapter 18, pp. 337-352.
27. Davies, P. T., & Woitach,M. J. (2008). Children's Emotional Security in the Interparental Relationship. Current Directions in Psychological Science, 17, 269-274.
28. Scharf, M., & Goldner, L. (2018). ?If you really love me, you will do/be ? ?: Parental psychological control and its implications for children?s adjustment. Developmental Review, 49, 16?30. doi: 10.1016/j. dr.2018.07.002.
29. Dost?Gözkan, A. (2022). Adolescent?parent relationships and youth well?being in Turkey. Child Development Perspectives.

Optional Readings

Lee, K., & Zhang, L. (2022). Cumulative Effects of Poverty on Children?s Social-Emotional Development: Absolute Poverty and Relative Poverty. Community Mental Health Journal, 58(5), 930-94