Lene Arnett Jensen is the originator of the “cultural-developmental” theoretical approach to research on human psychology. This approach encompasses what is universal and what is culturally distinctive about human development. Unlike one-size-fits-all psychological theories of the 20th century, the cultural-developmental approach provides a flexible and dynamic way to think about psychological development in today’s global world. In Dr. Jensen’s book, Moral Development in a Global World: Research from a Cultural-Developmental Perspective, she argues that humans are born with a shared moral heritage and that, as we develop from childhood into adulthood, we branch off in diverse directions shaped by culture. This results in both novelty and contention (Cambridge University Press, 2015). The Oxford Handbook of Human Development and Culture: An Interdisciplinary Perspective, edited by Dr. Jensen, provides an in-depth and comprehensive synopsis of theory and research on human development, with every chapter drawing together findings from cultures around the world (Oxford University Press, 2015 hardcover, 2016 paperback). Dr. Jensen also authors print and digital college textbooks on child and lifespan development that emphasize how universal features of development are shaped by cultural diversity. Her most recent textbooks are Human Development: A Cultural Approach, 3e (Pearson, 2019) and Child Development Worldwide: A Cultural Approach, 1e (Pearson, 2018). Dr Jensen is a Senior Research Scientist in the Department of Psychology at Clark University, Massachusetts, USA.

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