Summary of talk:
Dr. Lansford will describe key parenting tasks, similarities and differences in parenting in different cultural contexts, and how culture affects the ways in which parenting is related to children’s adjustment. She will draw on examples from the Parenting Across Cultures Project, a longitudinal study of mothers, fathers, and children in nine countries (China, Colombia, Italy, Jordan, Kenya, the Philippines, Sweden, Thailand, and the United States). She will also describe interventions that are designed to change parenting and how parenting interventions can be adapted for different cultural contexts.
Jennifer E. Lansford is a Research Professor at the Sanford School of Public Policy and Faculty Fellow of the Center for Child and Family Policy at Duke University. She earned her PhD in Developmental Psychology from the University of Michigan in 2000. Dr. Lansford has authored more than 200 publications that focus on the development of aggression and other behavior problems during childhood and adolescence, with particular attention to how parent, peer, and cultural factors contribute to or protect against these problems. Dr. Lansford leads the Parenting Across Cultures Study, a longitudinal study of mothers, fathers, and children from 13 cultural groups in nine countries (China, Colombia, Italy, Jordan, Kenya, Philippines, Sweden, Thailand, and the United States) funded by the National Institutes of Health. Through collaboration with researchers at universities in each country, this study aims to understand how risk-taking develops from childhood through early adulthood as a function of biological factors and socialization (parenting and culture). In addition, Dr. Lansford has consulted for UNICEF on the evaluation of parenting programs in several low- and middle-income countries and on the development of a set of international standards for parenting programs, and currently works with a team of scientists using data from the UNICEF-supported Multiple Indicator Cluster Surveys, which include nationally representative samples from as many as 100 primarily low- and middle-income countries, to examine questions related to experiences of children around the world. She serves in editorial roles on several academic journals, including as Associate Editor of Developmental Psychology, Associate Editor of International Journal of Behavioral Development, and on the editorial boards of Development and Psychopathology, Parenting: Science and Practice, and Aggressive Behavior. She has served in a number of national and international leadership roles, including chairing the U.S. National Institutes of Health Psychosocial Development, Risk and Prevention Study Section; chairing the U.S. National Committee for Psychological Science of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine; chairing the Society for Research in Child Development International Affairs Committee; and serving on the Secretariat of the International Consortium for Developmental Science Societies.