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The SAGE Handbook of Child Development explores the multicultural development of children through the varied and complex interplay of traditional agents of socialization as well as contemporary media influences, examining how socialization practices and media content construct and teach us about diverse cultures. Editors Joy K. Asamen, Mesha L. Ellis, and Gordon L. Berry, along with chapter authors from a wide variety of disciplines, highlight how to analyze, compare, and contrast alternative perspectives of children of different cultures, domestically and globally, with the major principles and theories of child development in cognitive, socioemotional, and/or social/contextual domains.

The Influence of Peers on the Development of a Multicultural Worldview
The influence of peers on the development of a multicultural worldview

The role of peers as socializing agents and potent influences in social development is undeniable. Some theorists (Harris, 1995; Youniss, 1980) have even argued that peers may be more important than parents in the process of socialization for peer competence. Based on substantial findings that link peer relationships to children's social and emotional functioning (Ladd, 1999), it is reasonable to presume that peers also play an important role in the development, structuring, and maintenance of a child's multicultural worldview. As our communities and schools become more culturally diverse, youth often have more opportunities and a greater need to interact across cultural, racial, and ethnic ...

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