Race, ethnicity, and culture in child development: Contemporary research and future directions

Stephen M. Quintana, Ruth K. Chao, William E. Cross, Diane Hughes, Sharon Nelson Le Gall, Frances E. Aboud, Josefina Contreras-Grau, Cynthia Hudley, Lynn S. Liben, Deborah L. Vietze

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The editors of this special issue reflect on the current status and future directions of research on race, ethnicity, and culture in child development. Research in the special issue disentangles race, ethnicity, culture, and immigrant status, and identifies mediators of sociocultural variables on developmental outcomes. The special issue includes important research on normal development in context for ethnic and racial minority children, addresses racial and ethnic identity development, and considers intergroup processes. The methodological innovations as well as challenges of current research are highlighted. It is recommended that future research adhere to principles of cultural validity described in the text.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1129-1141
Number of pages13
JournalChild development
Issue number5
StatePublished - Sep 1 2006


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Education
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology

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Quintana, S. M., Chao, R. K., Cross, W. E., Hughes, D., Gall, S. N. L., Aboud, F. E., Contreras-Grau, J., Hudley, C., Liben, L. S., & Vietze, D. L. (2006). Race, ethnicity, and culture in child development: Contemporary research and future directions. Child development, 77(5), 1129-1141. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-8624.2006.00951.x