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Berlin-Warsaw-Jena: A Journey with Glen H. Elder through sites of social change


Silbereisen, Rainer K; Tomasik, Martin J (2008). Berlin-Warsaw-Jena: A Journey with Glen H. Elder through sites of social change. Research in Human Development, 5(4):244-258.

Abstract

Glen H. Elder's intellectual legacy for psychological research on social change in Germany is exemplified by its influence on the first author's research group, spanning the time from the early 1980s until today. Several research lines are reported that were influenced by Elder's concepts and research strategies, such as the notion of hardships, control cycles, and cohort comparisons. The Berlin Youth Longitudinal Study analyzed the consequences of family hardship in West Berlin of the 1980s. The results are compared to a replication of this study in Warsaw, Poland. Whereas these studies were conducted during a time when Germany and Europe were divided into two political blocs, the German Shell Study used a cohort comparison in 1991 and 1996 to delineate two different stages during German unification. Summarizing the results from these studies, the present research agenda of the Jena Study on Social Change and Human Development is introduced. This study aims at the interplay of new personal demands resulting from social change, coping and individual and social resources in different contexts.

Glen H. Elder's intellectual legacy for psychological research on social change in Germany is exemplified by its influence on the first author's research group, spanning the time from the early 1980s until today. Several research lines are reported that were influenced by Elder's concepts and research strategies, such as the notion of hardships, control cycles, and cohort comparisons. The Berlin Youth Longitudinal Study analyzed the consequences of family hardship in West Berlin of the 1980s. The results are compared to a replication of this study in Warsaw, Poland. Whereas these studies were conducted during a time when Germany and Europe were divided into two political blocs, the German Shell Study used a cohort comparison in 1991 and 1996 to delineate two different stages during German unification. Summarizing the results from these studies, the present research agenda of the Jena Study on Social Change and Human Development is introduced. This study aims at the interplay of new personal demands resulting from social change, coping and individual and social resources in different contexts.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, further contribution
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > Institute of Psychology
Dewey Decimal Classification:150 Psychology
Date:2008
Deposited On:22 Jul 2014 14:26
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 17:59
Publisher:Taylor & Francis
ISSN:1542-7609
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1080/15427600802494005

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