Culture, is an interesting component to human development. Not only do we learn why we do things but we begin to understand the influences behind it. Culturally, there is a difference among the way humans interpret this influence. How it is integrated in everyday life.
Cross-cultural examination is very important when evaluating differences in disorders, development and so on. One example mentioned by Cole. M, (2013) is the example about a disorder of ASD and different cultures. The example is that of Asperger’s syndrome, one of the key characteristics is to advert the eyes when talking. In the Chinese culture this is seen as disrespect, however the child cannot comprehend any different. Can not easily adjust the behavior. Cole, goes on to explain that this was confusing back in the 1970’s and was debated between cross cultural examinations among psychologists (Cole. M, 2013).
The importance of cultural examination among a broad spectrum, is to understand where the world is headed. To apply these theories and study and research for the betterment of human development as it progresses. In the article by Cole. M, (2013), he mentioned things are similar or circling back to 1970 where there was so much confusion among the way culture was being interpreted. We could say that is happening again. Russell, S. T. (2015), argues that, “… if we value the role of human developmental research for promoting social change and justice, we will consider potential or real contribution to social justice as one of these dimensions upon which we judge the merit of research.” This is why it is necessary to value opinion based on research rather than emotion or personal bias. As good as it sounds and as good intended as it may imply it doesn’t promote better development of the human race or the development of culture.
In our world today, there are repeated characteristics of which we have already been through, and some new ones. Things seen from movies or predicted in dystopian futures or books. George Orwell’s 1984, or Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451. If we continue to ignore proper research and don’t carefully examine different cultures, than mental illness and other disorders will plenty of land of which to roam. What it looks like now is children not being able to read hands on a clock, or having mobile phones at the age of 3 or 9, not knowing cursive. Changing math as some have experienced this “new” method which doesn’t work. The importance lies in the statement, “… if we value the role of human developmental research for promoting social change and justice, we will consider potential or real contribution to social justice as one of these dimensions upon which we judge the merit of research.” (Russell, S. T., 2015).
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Russell, S. T. (2015). Human Developmental Science for Social Justice. Research In Human Development, 12(3/4), 274-279. doi:10.1080/15427609.2015.1068049
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