Research Unit Developmental Psychology

Research on developmental psychology centers around understanding cultural heterogeneity in modern societies with a special focus on ethnic diversity among youth. Adolescents are simultaneously confronted with changes due to age-specific developmental and migration-related tasks . A major research objective is therefore to better understand how developmental and acculturation-related change co-occur and interact in shaping adolescents’ development. Research topics include parent-child interactions, social relationships, and the development of a cultural identity. Contextual variations are also considered, for example by including socialization contexts or cross-cultural comparisons. Professor Peter F. Titzmann is heading this research unit.