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Revista Colombiana de Psicología

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GALVIS SERNA, ESTEBAN. Cultural Perspective Regarding Child Development in Protection Institutions. Rev. colomb. psicol. [online]. 2015, vol.24, n.1, pp.29-46. ISSN 0121-5469.  http://dx.doi.org/10.15446/rcp.v24n1.42064.

The development of children living and growing up in protection institutions has been traditionally understood on the basis of normative development perspectives. This has led to the assumption that the development of children living in a foster home or residential care facility is the same as that of children raised by their parents, which means that the cultural context inherent to the process of child development is ignored. Recognizing the relationship between institutional culture and the development of children living in protection institutions entails taking into account the relationship between development and cultural background. This requires a methodological approach different from the traditional ones.

Keywords : child development; institutional culture; cultural differences; protection intitutions.

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