In this book theoretical implications of
developmental psychology approaches related to
parental ethnotheories and the context of the
mother-child interaction in an specific cultural
context are discussed. A relevant subject for
psychology is focused on the subjects of cultural,
trans-cultural, and developmental psychology.
Parental beliefs, conflict resolution strategies, and
cultural orientation were assessed in two Costa Rican
samples. Mothers from rural and urban contexts and
their pre-school children were assessed in three
interaction episodes. Assessments concerning
collectivism, family allocentrism and socialization
goals plus a semi-structured interview were applied.
Interdependent cultural orientation among Costa Rican
mothers and differences among zone were tested.
Despite an interdependent cultural orientation, urban
and rural samples showed certain variability
concerning interactive components, parental beliefs
and cultural values related to conflict resolution
and conflict resolution styles.
Results allow detailing certain cultural specific
values concerning parenting, interaction patterns,
parental beliefs and social values related to
(1963)Costa Rican. Psychologist,Psychoterapist, Ph.D.in
Developmental Psychology and Culture at Universty Osnabrück,
Germany. Developmental Psychology Professor and Researcher at
Universidad de Costa Rica. Main research areas are developmental
psychology, cross-cultural psychology, parenting and culture and