Introduction: Changing Our Scholarship for a Changing World
Today the world’s population is close to 7 billion. At about 300 million, the population of the United States is less than 5% of the total. Looking at developmental science, however, one might think that a very large proportion of the world’s population was American. It is not only that a large proportion of developmental research includes American participants and is published by American scholars (e.g., Arnett, 2008). It is also that the research questions often are posed in light of the American context with little attention to what it is like to live in other cultures. There is a need to seriously broaden this theoretical and research approach to address the life-courses of diverse peoples. And this need will only continue to grow. By 2050, the prediction is that the global population will be 9 billion, with nearly all of the growth occurring in developing countries.
Bridging Cultural and Developmental Approaches to Psychology: New Syntheses in Theory, Research, and Policy
Jensen, Lene Arnett, "Introduction: Changing Our Scholarship for a Changing World" (2011). Psychology. 841.