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Emic perspectives on risk in African childhood

Liddell, C (2002) Emic perspectives on risk in African childhood. DEVELOPMENTAL REVIEW, 22 (1). pp. 97-116. [Journal article]

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DOI: 10.1006/drev.2001.0537


This article examines issues related to risk and culture, with particular emphasis on how risk impinges on children growing up in Africa. The article treats risk as an emic (cultural-insider and culture-specific) rather than an etic (science-driven and generalizable) concept (Pike, 1957). It argues that emic considerations are essential to the selection and measurement of variables that should be classified as risk, to the classification of outcomes, and to the design and implementation of intervention strategies. To help structure the themes, risks are discussed in the context of Bronfenbrenner's (1979) ecological model, which organizes the diversity of influences on human development into a series of layers or systems. The article demonstrates that these systems, and the model's recurrent theme of continuity/discontinuity, provide a useful structure for understanding risk in African children's development. (C) 2002 Elsevier Science (USA).

Item Type:Journal article
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Life and Health Sciences
Faculty of Life and Health Sciences > School of Psychology
Research Institutes and Groups:Psychology Research Institute > Peace, Conflict and Equality
Psychology Research Institute
ID Code:1686
Deposited By: Mrs Fiona Harkin
Deposited On:23 Dec 2009 09:38
Last Modified:15 Mar 2012 15:53

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