Dr. Maria Lucia Seidl-De-Moura
Universidade do Estado do Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Human Development - Different Perspectives
Human development has different meanings depending on the area we focus on. To the psychologists it is the ontogenetic process of individual development. It considers systematic psychological changes that occur in human beings over the course of their life span. To sociologists and economists, among others, the main consideration is the macro-level of countries or regions and their development conditions related to human needs. Our book has two parts. The first one is entitled "Development in the ontogenesis" and it consists of three chapters whilst the second is "Human development: contextual factors", also including 3 chapters. Together, the two parts give the readers a panoramic view of very complex subjects and complement each other. Researchers of ontogenetic development cannot ignore that contextual factors are the basis of this process. On the other hand, social scientists worried about the macro variables need to remember that they are dealing with people, who are affected one way or another by those variables and whose development is the product of biology and culture.
Parenting in South American and African Contexts
Parenting involves a set of values, beliefs and practices of child care that create a developmental context and vary from culture to culture. Studies about parenting are of fundamental importance to the understanding of human development. This book has nine chapters and it addresses parenting and child care in two South American countries (Brazil and Colombia) and four African ones (Cameroon, Ghana, Liberia and Nigeria). It aims at contributing to the knowledge about human development in contexts of the majority world, not often considered in the psychological literature. Besides bringing data from different countries, it focuses in diverse scenarios in Brazil. The data and discussions include mothers, fathers and grandmothers beliefs and/or practices, parental styles and intervention programs oriented to quality parental care.
Human Development: The Role of Biology and Culture
in the book "Human Development - Different Perspectives" edited by Maria Lucia Seidl-de-Moura, ISBN 978-953-51-0610-4, InTech, May 5, 2012
Brazilian Mothers’ Cultural Models: Socialization for Autonomy and Relatedness
in the book "Parenting in South American and African Contexts" edited by Maria Lucia Seidl-de-Moura, ISBN 978-953-51-1212-9, InTech, December 12, 2013