Positive development rests on mutually-beneficial relations between the child and his/her ecology. In this presentation, Dr. Wang will use three empirical examples to show how children’s regulatory processes develop through child-context interactions at the family, community, and sociocultural levels. She will talk about how parent-child affect exchanges and culture-specific socialization are associated with children’s response to challenge. She will also talk about how community-based activities, such as Scouting, can provide children with developmentally and culturally appropriate assets to help children become contributing members of their family, community, and society.
Dr. Jun Wang is a research assistant professor at the Institute for Applied Research in Youth Development at Tufts University. She received her Masters in Developmental and Educational Psychology from Zhejiang University in China and her PhD in Applied Developmental Science from Colorado State University.
Dr. Wang’s research focuses on the positive development of children and adolescents from diverse sociocultural backgrounds, with a specific focus on emotion regulation and self-regulation processes. She examines developmental changes and individual differences in children’s regulatory processes in diverse familial, institutional, and sociocultural contexts. She has examined how parent-child affect exchanges, mother-child co-regulation, and family conversational patterns were associated with children’s development of emotion regulation and behavioral regulation. She has conducted community-based studies to understand how children’s involvement in youth development programs, such as Scouting and sport programs, influences children’s socioemotional development. She has also collaborated with researchers from different countries to study motivation development with preschoolers, school-aged children, and adolescents in U.S., China, and Hungary in several cross-cultural studies.
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