Development of Human Behavior


Growth and development; Principles of development, Role of genetic and environmental factors in determining human behavior; Influence of cultural factors in socialization; Life span development – Characteristics, development tasks, promoting psychological well-being across major stages of the life span.

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Reference Study Material:

  1. Adolescents and Their Parents
  2. Effects of Racial Diversity on Complex Thinking
  3. Celebrating Divergence: Piaget and Vygotsky
  4. Parenting Styles and Adolescents’ Self-Esteem
  5. Personal-Social Development: The Feeling Child
  6. A Cybernetic Model of Human Change and Growth, David A. Kolb, MIT
  7. Dynamic Development of Action and Thought, Harvard
  8. Development of Self and Socio-Moral Emotions during the Toddler Years, Harvard
  9. An Attachment Theory Conceptualization of Personality Disorders
  10. Moral Development in the Digital Age
  11. Moral Development and Moral Responsibility, Susan Dwyer
  12. Moral Development Theories of Piaget, Kohlberg and Bandura – Critical Analysis
  13. Moral Development in Culture: Diversity, Tolerance and Justice
  14. The Self in Social Contexts – Banaji & Prentice
  15. Implicit Social Cognition – Attitudes, Self-Esteem and Stereotypes, APA
  16. Collective Self – Walsh & Banaji
  17. Self-Concept Theory – Research and Practice, Self Research Center
  18. Implicit Self and Identity, Devos & Banaji
  19. Children and Social Groups, Harvard
  20. Autobiographical Memory and Identity
  21. Inequality in the Structure of Cultural Meanings, Harvard
  22. Racial and Ethnic Identity and Development
  23. Exploring Cross-Cultural Differences in Self-Concept
  24. Cultural Assumptions, Productivity and Innovation, MIT
  25. Explaining Away – A Model of Affective Adaptation, Harvard
  26. Transformational Leaders: Their Socialization, Self-Concept, and Shaping Experiences

Additional References:

  1. Early Adolescent Social and Overt Aggression: Examining the Roles of Social Anxiety and Maternal Psychological Control
  2. Adolescent Females’ Idolization of Male Media Stars as a Transition Into Sexuality
  3. Adolescent Self-Esteem and Gender: Exploring Relations to Sexual Harassment, Body Image, Media Influence, and Emotional Expression
  4. Adolescents and Peer Pressure
  5. Beyond Effects: Adolescents as Active Media Users
  6. Adolescents’ Uses of Media for Self-Socialization
  7. Developmental Personality Styles: An Attachment Theory Conceptualization of Personality Disorders
  8. Attachment and development: A prospective, longitudinal study from birth to adulthood
  9. The Man Without Words: Attachment Style as an Evolving Dynamic Process
  10. Attachment Style
  11. Attachment Styles Among Young Adults: A Test of a Four-Category Model
  12. Attachment Styles and Adolescent Sexuality
  13. Personality Traits of Individuals with Different Adult Attachment Styles and its Implications
  14. Relationships Among Attachment Styles, Personality Characteristics, and Disordered Eating
  15. Bowlby’s Secure Base Theory and the Social/ Personality Psychology of Attachment Styles: Work(s) in Progress
  16. National Identity In The Age Of Globalization: Changing Patterns Of National Identity In India
  17. Conceptualization of the Belief in a Just World
  18. Culture, Embodiment, and the Senses
  19. Empathy and Moral Development: Implications for Caring and Justice
  20. Girls, Media, and the Negotiation of Sexuality: A Study of Race, Class, and Gender in Adolescent Peer Groups
  21. Identity Style, Parental Authority, and Identity Commitment
  22. Locus of Peer Influence: Social Crowd and Best Friend
  23. Maternal Control and Adolescent Depression: Ethnic Differences Among Clinically Referred Girls
  24. Adolescent And Parent Perceptions Of Media Influence On Adolescent Sexuality
  25. Moral cognition and its neural constituents
  26. Developmental Trajectories in Moral Reasoning Across the Life Span
  27. Relations between Moral Reasoning, Personality Traits, and Justice Decisions on Hypothetical and Real-Life Moral Dilemmas
  28. Morality – Organism, Growth and History
  29. Mothers and Their Adolescent Daughters: Relationship Between Self-Esteem, Gender Role Identity, and Body Image
  30. Mothers’ and fathers’ orientations: patterns of pregnancy, parenting and the bonding process
  31. The Multidimensionality of Peer Pressure in Adolescence
  32. National Character and Nation-states
  33. National Character
  34. The Differential Relations of Parent and Peer Attachment to Adolescent Adjustment
  35. Parental Influences on the Development of Adolescent Autonomy and Identity
  36. Parental Rearing Style: Examining For Links With Personality Vulnerability Factors For Depression
  37. Measuring Peer Pressure, Popularity, and Conformity in Adolescent Boys and Girls: Predicting School Performance, Sexual Attitudes, and Substance Abuse
  38. Perceived Attachments to Parents and Peers and Psychological Well-Being in Adolescence
  39. Piaget, Kohlberg, Gilligan, and Others on Moral Development
  40. Reciprocity And The Belief In A Just World
  41. Relationship Between Attachment Patterns and Personality Pathology in Adolescents
  42. The Role of Romantic Relationships in Adolescent Development
  43. Roots of Adult Attachment: Maternal Caregiving at 18 Months Predicts Adult Peer and Partner Attachment
  44. Secrets in the Bedroom: Adolescents’ Private Use of Media
  45. Separation-Individuation, Adult Attachment Style, and College Adjustment
  46. The Influence of the Media on Adolescents
  47. The Just World Theory and Its Application to Bullying Prevention
  48. The Legacy of Early Attachment
  49. The Origins of Attachment Theory: John Bowlby and Mary Ainsworth
  50. Friends: The Role of Peer Influence Across Adolescent Risk Behaviors
  51. What is National Character?
  52. Who Believes in a Just World? – Harvard



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