Embracing the hidden potential: The contribution of majority world research to developmental science

authored by
Philip Baiden, Yao Zheng, Amanda J. Nguyen, Graciela Espinosa-Hernandez, Lucía Magis-Weinberg, Peter F. Titzmann

Research on adolescence from the Majority World possesses major hidden potential in contributing to global adolescent research and developmental science more broadly. In this commentary, the authors (1) describe the background and the process through which this special issue came into fruition, (2) introduce the emic approaches to study the influences of macro-contextual variations on developmental science and provide several pertinent examples on the contributions of Majority World research, (3) elaborate on challenges and barriers that Majority World scholars often face in conducting and disseminating their research, and (4) a few actionable steps and recommendations in promoting the representation and inclusion of Majority World research into global developmental science. Only when our field fully integrates findings from all regions of the world will we be able to develop a fundamental scientific representation and understanding of what it means to be an adolescent, how adolescents develop over time, and what tasks or phenomena in adolescent development are truly universal or specific to particular groups, regions, or areas.

Institute of Psychology
External Organisation(s)
University of Texas at Arlington
University of Alberta
University of Virginia
University of North Carolina at Wilmington
University of Washington
Journal of research on adolescence
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E-pub ahead of print
Peer reviewed
ASJC Scopus subject areas
Cultural Studies, Developmental and Educational Psychology, Social Sciences (miscellaneous), Behavioral Neuroscience
Electronic version(s)
https://doi.org/10.1111/jora.12958 (Access: Open)