Papers from the International Association for Cross-Cultural Psychology Conferences

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I suggest that CCP’s early preoccupation with direct comparison between culturally-contrastive groups has been overtaken in importance by a number of trends in developmental and applied psychology. Some Western theorists now acknowledge reflexively that their interpretation of psychological variables is itself informed by a particular cultural system of meanings. A growing number of non-Western theorists have proposed alternative cultural psychologies. Mainstream developmental psychology has incorporated culture as an essential dimension of the field, leading to increasingly systemic theories. Cultural sensitivity is widely perceived as essential for the design and interpretation of psychological assessment. The IACCP has contributed to these trends by fostering inter-cultural communication among psychologists working in many different cultural contexts around the world. Collectively, they are in a position to impress on the next generation of planners and policy-makers the importance of culture in the formulation of strategies for managing progressive social change.

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