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Human Development: Equipping Minds with Cognitive Development

Authors: Carol T. Brown, Ed.D and Joav Merrick, M.D. (Medical Director, Health Services, Division for Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, Ministry of Social Affairs and Social Services, Jerusalem, Israel)

Series: Disability Studies

Publication Date: 2018 - 1st Quarter

Book Description:
Research studies have examined the relationship between working memory, cognitive skills, and academic abilities. However, while some studies and scientific articles have demonstrated that working memory can be increased through direct intervention in either the clinical or classroom setting, other studies have failed to show any further transfer. These conflicting results are a key concern, as they suggest that generalization effects are elusive and inconclusive. Some research has utilized computer software programs to enhance cognitive skills with a focus on working memory training; however, an alternative approach on working memory is the use of a human mediator. In this book, we present results that demonstrate the idea that working memory training does not seem to have a causative effect in relation to verbal, nonverbal, and academic abilities when using The Equipping Minds Cognitive Development Curriculum for 30 hours of intervention. It removes this limitation for learners with a specific learning disorder. This finding adds to the importance of emphasizing deficient cognitive functions rather than deficient working memory alone.

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ISBN: 978-1-53613-053-9
ISBN: 978-1-53613-054-6

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Social Anxiety Disorder: Recognition, Diagnosis and Management

Editors: Flávia de Lima Osório and Mariana Fortunata Donadon (Department of Neuroscience and Behavioural Sciences, Medical School of Ribeirão Preto, São Paulo University, São Paulo, Brazil)

Series: Mental Disorders, Disabilities and Treatments

Publication Date: 2018 - 1st quarter

Book Description:
This book addresses aspects related to the recognition, diagnosis and management of social anxiety disorder (SAD) under a critical and innovative perspective. Therefore, it gathers contributions from renowned researchers in the field through both theoretical and empirical studies. The main topics covered will be theoretical and empirical models, heritability, instruments for assessment of symptoms and diagnosis, self-esteem, social skills, different approaches for treatment of SAD (social skills training, group cognitive-behavioural therapy, self-administered psychological interventions based on virtual interactions on the Internet, transcranial magnetic stimulation, ayahuasca and other hallucinogens).

The possibilities of treatment and management of music performance anxiety will also be discussed by means of a literature review and clinical study. This book offers – to clinicians, researchers and/or mental health students – the opportunity to learn and update existing information concerning SAD, a frequent condition which compromises the quality of life and the psychosocial functioning of many individuals.

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ISBN: 978-1-53613-047-8
ISBN: 978-1-53613-048-5

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Understanding Social Cognition: Theory, Perspectives and Cultural Differences

Editors: Malcolm Knight and Bill Mccoy

Series: Psychology Research Progress

Publication Date: 2018 - 1st Quarter

Book Description:
Understanding Social Cognition: Theory, Perspectives and Cultural Differences opens with a study exploring the social-signaling, ethological predictions that: a) smaller body stature (e.g., height) is associated with greater reported belief in God; and b) physical stature may mediate the association between gender and faith reporting. Following this, the empirical evidence for the types of current theories of social-cognitive interventions for children and adolescents with ASD are reviewed. The authors examine the evidence-based effectiveness of social-cognitive interventions, based on the categorization of theories identified in this review, to promote social participation for individuals with ASD. Also in this compilation, a new paradigm is presented for a more creatively enhanced and socially inclusive evolution of human reality construct building than can be projected using current physicalist models. A chapter is included which describes the development process of the SCIT-Hong Kong Version since 2011, defining key modifications of the SCIT for use with Chinese populations in Hong Kong, and shared preliminary findings on effectiveness of SCIT. An expert panel of clinicians reviewed the cultural relevance and content validity of the SCIT for application in Hong Kong. Based on this review, the researcher modified and translated the content of original SCIT. Subsequently, an evaluation of social cognitive function assessments in Chinese populations is presented. The authors review 10 social cognitive assessments, summarize the strengths and weaknesses of these assessments and propose a battery that could provide a quick assessment of multiple social cognitive domains.

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ISBN: 978-1-53613-160-4
ISBN: 978-1-53613-160-4

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Panic Disorder: Assessment, Management and Research Insights

Editor: Yong-Ku Kim (Department of Psychiatry, Korea University Ansan Hospital, Gojan-Dong, Danwon-Gu, Kyunggido, Republic of Korea)

Series: Psychology Research Progress

Publication Date: 2018

Book Description:
Although panic disorder may mimic medical conditions, patients with medical conditions that seem to pose a real life threat may be diagnosed when panic attacks, which are not well explained by any existing disease, repeatedly appear. After they accept the idea of possessing panic disorder, the most commonly asked question by patients is what has caused this condition. For the author, with more than 20 years of clinical experience, it is not easy to satisfy patients with simple answers. An exemplary explanation may be that the combination of heredity, environment, genetic-environmental interactions, neurotransmitters, the HPA axis, and any forms of stress affects the onset of panic disorder. Genetic susceptibility obviously affects panic disorder, but does not account for up to 30-40% of occurrences. Stressful life events often precede the onset and seem to increase the risk of panic disorder development, but not in all cases.
In fact, the cause of panic disorder is still unknown. However, step-by-step approaches toward understanding the causes and developing new treatments for panic disorder through research on the epidemiological studies, genetics, epigenetic studies, neuroimaging studies, and studies dissecting neural circuits for regulating normal fear and anxiety are being put into effect. The latest advances in therapy for treatment-resistant patients who do not respond well to therapy have been addressed in this book.
This book is the result of a worldwide collaboration of experts who are outstanding in the research of panic disorder. The author hopes that this book will give patients, clinicians, and clinical researchers the latest insights into panic disorder.

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ISBN: 978-1-53613-001-0
ISBN: 978-1-53613-002-7

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The Field Guide to ADHD: What They Don't Want You to Know

Author: Blake Harding (Researcher, Teachers College, Columbia University, New York, New York, USA)

Series: Psychiatry - Theory, Applications and Treatments

Publication Date: 2017 - 4th Quarter

Book Description:
In The Field Guide to ADHD: What They Don’t Want You to Know, Harding confronts with unusual candor and painstaking effort one of the most alarming and perilous crises of our time: ADHD. In confronting this crisis, Harding forces us to reconsider the assumptions underlying ADHD and how we think about medical diagnoses, disability, health and authority. Harding unwraps these bewildering and conflicting ADHD issues while investigating the spiraling amount of overdiagnosed cases of ADHD, many often highly medicated and taught to conform rather than to thrive, no matter the individual or societal cost. Harding examines how the ADHD crisis drives perilous and dangerous conditions while providing fresh directions ahead to disarm this ailment and start harnessing ADHD as a beneficial form of human diversity.

In this fresh approach to ADHD, results from more than four years of global field research from Finland to California investigating ADHD in children, adolescents and adults is woven together to create a fascinating tapestry of new ADHD understanding. In this new understanding, Harding provides everyday innovative approaches to harnessing and thriving with ADHD while dedicating pain staking effort to shedding insight into the many controversies igniting the ADHD crises. As Harding passionately argues, policy makers, healthcare professionals, parents and other stakeholders are not only supporting the overdiagnosis of ADHD, but fundamentally thinking about ADHD all wrong. The Field Guide to ADHD: What They Don’t Want You to Know passionately intervenes in this wrongly handled situation by forcing people to reconsider ADHD assumptions, providing evidence based directions for containing the perilous ADHD crisis and introducing highly impactful everyday solutions to harness the diverse benefits of ADHD.

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ISBN: 978-1-53612-867-3
ISBN: 978-1-53612-868-0

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Genius, Creativity and Madness

Authors: Vladimir Lerner, M.D., Ph.D., Jacob Margolin, M.D., and Eliezer Witztum, M.D. (Head of the Psychiatric Department, Be’er Sheva Mental Health Center, Be’er-Sheva, Israel)

Series: Psychology Research Progress

Publication Date: 2017 - 4th Quarter

Book Description:
This book deals with the complex relationship between the highest form of human activity — creativity — and mental illness. The heroes of this book are brilliant geniuses in various fields: three writers, four painters and three musicians.
The common denominator of these figures is that they lived in Russia in the nineteenth century, a period of cultural and artistic blossoming. Besides the extraordinary creativity they had — each in his own domain — these great figures have another common denominator — their tragic fate. Two committed suicide, two became disabled with severe depression, two were addicted to alcohol, and another died from the complications of brain disease. These psychopathological processes led to the decline in their creativity and to their eventual deaths. However, their struggle with their inner "demons" is also largely what gave meaning to their lives, suffering and work.
The authors have demonstrated that in order to understand the nature and the complexity of their works of art, one must recognize the structure of their personalities and comprehend the various psychopathological components that affected their lives.
In this book, the authors draw upon examples of many psychopathological possibilities: developmental deprivation and early loss in childhood, psychiatric disorders such as mood and psychotic disorders, the influence of organic factors like brain disease (e.g., following an infection such as syphilis) or alcohol abuse, and the overall effect these factors had on the course of the subjects’ personal lives.
It is most ironic that the artistic works of these gifted but tortured, broken souls have uplifted and inspired generations of art lovers, bringing them immense pleasure and meaning.

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ISBN: 978-1-53612-909-0
ISBN: 978-1-53612-910-6

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Clinical Art Psychotherapy with War Veterans

Authors: Alexander Kopytin and Alexey Lebedev, MD (Psychotherapy Department, Northwest Medical I. Mechnikov University, Saint-Petersburg, Russia)

Series: Military and Veteran Issues
Health and Human Development (Joav Merrick - Series Editor - Medical Director, Ministry of Social Affairs, Jerusalem, Israel)

Publication Date: 2017 - 4th Quarter

Book Description:
The clinical and therapeutic experience, alongside with the research findings, which are presented in the book, demonstrate some advantages and scientific evidences of the art psychotherapy programs that the authors have used and developed throughout the last fifteen years. They strived to integrate their approaches with the art psychotherapy practice into the system of mainstream medical care applied at hospitals that embrace both biological treatments and some more traditional therapies (occupational therapy, individual counseling, cognitive-behavioral therapy, etc.), as well as complimentary therapies such as art therapy and mindfulness development programs.
The present book is truly one of the first publications on this topic, filling a major gap in the art therapy literature concerning the vibrant field of working with military members. It embraces both a high standard academic evidence base for art therapy and a variety of innovative empirical interventions applied with this clinical group, that have never been presented in publications. A particular value of the book is the presentation of how phototherapy techniques, environmental and nature-based practices, and those supporting emotional intelligence and coping-skills in ex-servicemen have been implemented with veterans.

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ISBN: 978-1-53612-975-5
ISBN: 978-1-53612-976-2

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Deception & Deceptive Communication: Motivations, Recognition Techniques and Behavioral Control

Editor: Innocent Chiluwa, Ph.D. (Department of Languages & General Studies, Covenant University, OTA, Nigeria)

Series: Psychology of Emotions, Motivations and Actions

Publication Date: 2017 - 4th Quarter

Book Description:
We live in an era when individuals, organizations and even communities constantly lie and deceive others; in turn, these groups of people are lied to and deceived. Because of the pervasiveness of lying and deceptive behavior, individuals and groups frequently complain of being routinely cheated or duped. “Leaked documents detailing deception tactics, WikiLeaks and revelations about large-scale deception, contribute to the perception that there exists a culture of lying…”

This collection brings together deception scholars from around the world, coming from the various academic disciplines and sub-disciplines with different approaches and perspectives to contribute to answering the question about what constitutes lying and deception, its motivations and behavioral control. For instance, when is deception a deception; when do you know that someone is lying to you? Can certain forms of deceptive communication amount to communicative competence? Can we indeed control deception? Hence, the chapters written by experts (most of them full-time professors) have examined theoretical and conceptual issues in deception studies, as well as case studies of deceptive communication and behavior. Topics such as Kantian absolute prohibition against lying; neurocognitive elements to build a cognitive model to analyze deception; the results of a competency test on judgements of child witness credibility; medical students’ deceptive behaviors in two medical schools; strategic deception in the age of “truthiness”; online deception through email business scams; and beauty and deception will certainly be of immense interest to deception scholars, students and practitioners in psychology, forensic linguistics, sociology, security studies, applied linguistics, journalism and communication/media studies.
This book is therefore highly recommended to be used as a resource book or handbook to students and scholars of deception studies and all others, whose research interests include deceptive behavior, deception detection and control.

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ISBN: 978-1-53612-849-9
ISBN: 978-1-53612-850-5

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Psychology of Loneliness: New Research

Editor: Lázár Rudolf

Series: Psychology of Emotions, Motivations and Actions

Publication Date: 2017 - 4th Quarter

Book Description:
In this compilation, the authors begin by discussing veterans' loneliness post-war, delineating this experience's developmental course and the underlying relational deficits at its infrastructure throughout that course. The authors also compare the characteristics of this loneliness to those of other types of loneliness, highlighting the necessity of understanding the veteran's experience as a specific form of loneliness. Next, developmental change in elderly people linked to loneliness and preference for solitude are examined through findings of recent studies, and reconsidering loneliness and the positive aspects of solitude. Preference for solitude is similarly examined. One chapter examines loneliness and suicide through Aaron Beck’s cognitive behavioral theory and largely through Erik Erickson’s theory of psychosocial development. Intervention strategies to address loneliness and suicide are studied, and recommendations for clinical practice and future areas of study are presented. Lastly, a study is presented focusing on determinants of loneliness among Romanian migrants living in Portugal. The goal of the study was to answer two questions: “(1) What influences do acculturation problems have on loneliness? (2) What influences does adaptation to the society of settlement have on loneliness?”

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ISBN: 978-1-53612-900-7
ISBN: 978-1-53612-901-4

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Antisocial Behavior: Perspectives, Management Strategies and Outcomes

Editor: Abby Dobson and Peter Talbot

Series: Psychology Research Progress

Publication Date: 2017 - 4th Quarter

Book Description:
In this compilation, the authors offer supplementary support to the idea that temperament theory is essential to developing upon the understanding of the etiology of antisocial behavior (and criminal justice) by documenting a basis for why the sex of the child is the strongest predictor of antisocial behavior. Additionally, a study is presented on the relationship between residents’ ASB perceptions and their levels of participation in housing management in private multi-owned housing developments. The authors developed an analytic model exemplifying how ASB perceptions can have a catalytic effect on resident participation in multi-owned housing developments management. The model was tested based on the findings of a structured questionnaire survey on residents of private multi-owned housing developments in Hong Kong. A chapter is included wherein the definition of dating violence and the different types of gender violence are expressed, as well as the mechanisms operating in situations of intimate partner violence during adolescence. The predominant causes of violence, grounded in the Ecological Systems Theory of Human Development, are outlined. The book ends by deliberating on some of the core behavioral problems in adolescence in the school environment, especially bullying. The authors analyze the characteristics of aggressors and victims involved in these situations, as well as the role of bystanders, and an outline of intervention strategies is provided.

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ISBN: 978-1-53612-954-0
ISBN: 978-1-53612-955-7

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Advances in Psychology Research. Volume 132

Editor: Alexandra M. Columbus

Series: Advances in Psychology Research

Publication Date: 2017 - 4th Quarter

Book Description:
In Advances in Psychology Research. Volume 132, the authors seek to explore relatives’ beliefs about family therapy in the long term concerning schizophrenia, as relatives’ opinions about schizophrenia may influence expressed emotions, family burden and patients’ adherence to Behavioural Family Intervention Therapies, or FITs. Continuing, this compilation provides a summary of the existing literature on sex differences in obesity and bariatric surgery population. The authors analyze the different ontological perspectives for analyzing the relationship between self and others within psychology and sociology, the different existing notions of the psychosocial as a category for analyzing the I-Other relation, the way in which the I-Other relation is usually analyzed in the fields of CGC and WOP, a psychosocial proposal for analyzing the I-Other relation based on social constructionism, and possible theoretical and practical implications of a psychosocial proposal for understanding the reality for the field of CGC and for the field of WOP. A chapter is included that reviews cross-sectional, longitudinal, cross-sequential, qualitative, quantitative, and mixed-methods research designs. These studies are drawn from various disciplines, such as psychology, sociology, media and communication studies, social work, computer science, and education. Following this, conceptual clarification of protection theory is provided along with evidence-based orientations for intervention. The role of mindfulness as a strategy for adaptive self-regulation of emotional dysregulation and impulsivity, specifically in Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) and Bipolar Disorder (BD), is analyzed. In conclusion, exploratory research conducted in three universities of Delhi – University ‘X’, University ‘Y’ and University ‘Z’ – is presented, with the goal of determining the scope, incidence, nature and kind of various types of sexual harassment behaviors experienced by four groups of women in the age group of 18 to 65.

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ISBN: 978-1-53612-993-9
ISBN: 978-1-53612-994-6

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Dreams and Dreaming: Analysis, Interpretation and Meaning

Editor: Okagbue Nebeolisa

Series: Psychology Research Progress

Publication Date: 2017 - 4th Quarter

Book Description:
Dreams and Dreaming: Analysis, Interpretation and Meaning begins with a review of an integrative phenomenological approach to psychotherapy. More specifically, the authors outline the dream-interpretation method of Daseinsanalytical psychotherapy compared to Freudian and Jungian dream analysis. The main working method of Daseinsanalysis is dream interpretation, since the subject mostly reveals herself/himself through dreams. The authors go on to maintain that memory processing and lucidity are better viewed on the sleep-wake continuum, independent of the REM sleep versus non-REM question, as processes contiguous with waking. The strongest evidence supporting a special relationship between REM sleep and dreaming comes from studies addressing the types of thought present in different forms of dreaming. Next, dream motifs and experiences are described from personal and universal perspectives in the context of a simulation of “madness”. The authors’ sense of madness is derived from the cinematic semiosis presented by Patrick Fuery (2004) and Christian Metz (1991). Important aspects of dreams and of their probable interpretations are comparable to a cinematic experience, including time bending and various degrees of spectatorship involvement. Following this, this book makes considerations about, “the value that the Freudian interpretation accords to latent contents and to the actual shape of dreams, the defaulting status of the object of desire, the relationship that the accomplishment of desire implies between encounter and confrontation and between deception and truth, and the problem of fetishism.” Lastly, the pair of Dora’s dreams written down by Sigmund Freud in light of two modern functional theories concerning the phenomenon of dreaming are revisited. The authors shed light on new hypotheses regarding the dreams, confirming the accuracy of several theories.

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ISBN: 978-1-53613-016-4
ISBN: 978-1-53613-017-1

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Anger and Anxiety: Predictors, Coping Strategies, and Health Effects

Editors: José Fernando A. Cruz and Rui Manuel C. Sofia (School of Psychology, University of Minho, Braga, Portugal)

Series: Psychology of Emotions, Motivations and Actions

Publication Date: 2017 - 4th Quarter

Book Description:
This book intends to increase general knowledge about two of the most studied and prevalent emotions in everyday life: anger and anxiety. Despite being a major aim of many research studies and theoretical perspectives, there are still many controversies and issues that remain unsolved. Therefore, this book includes a collection of chapters that provide a further advance not only on the theoretical issues related to anger and anxiety, but also includes recent empirical findings in different applied contexts (e.g., military, sports, etc.). The chapters are distributed between two major sections: a) Theoretical and conceptual approaches; and b) research and implications. About twenty-four authors and co-authors with diverse scientific backgrounds and from ten different countries have tried to expand our knowledge on anger and anxiety, through ten conceptual and empirical papers, including laboratorial and applied field studies, with such diverse populations such as children, adolescents and adults. Overall, within an integrative perspective, these studies highlight (among other issues) the importance of considering the many self-regulation processes (e.g., coping, emotion regulation, self-control, etc.) associated with these emotions as well as their consequences and effects on health outcomes, interpersonal relationships and general psychological functioning.
The editors believe this book will be an important contribution to the future theory and research of anxiety and anger by promoting other reviews and studies toward a better comprehension of how individuals deal with these emotions across several life and applied domains. Hopefully, this book will also fuel further investigations that combine both of these emotions, which often seem to arise simultaneously. Ultimately, the main aim of this book is to provide important guidelines and cues for interventions directed at helping individuals dealing and managing their anxiety and anger, contributing to their overall well-being, psychological functioning and general adaptation to everyday complex demands.

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ISBN: 978-1-53612-931-1
ISBN: 978-1-53612-932-8

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Psychosocial and Cognitive Development of Undergraduate University Students in Cyprus: The Role of Social Relations

Authors: Fotini Kranou Kyriakides, Ph.D (Cyprus University of Technology, Service for Academic Affairs & Student Welfare, Student Development Center) and Charis Psaltis, Ph.D. (Associate Professor of Social & Developmental Psychology, University of Cyprus)

Series: Psychology Research Progress
Perspectives on Cognitive Psychology

Publication Date: 2017 - 1st Quarter

Book Description:
This book explores the psycho-social and cognitive development of Greek Cypriot University students. Taking Perry’s theory of ethical and intellectual development as a point of reference, it first explores the way Perry was influenced by both Piaget and Kohlberg in relation to the formulation of stage theory, and then discusses the way Perry’s work influenced more recent Post-formal theories of cognitive development. It is argued that all stage theories depended on a particular structuralist reading of Piagetian theory that suppressed the references to the social psychological work of Piaget, and in particular the role of social interaction in cognitive development. This critique is articulated in two moves. First, the authors describe how critical voices internal to this literature like Riegel’s attempted to depart from what they conceived as an individualistic paradigm through the introduction of a dialectical framework, but then also point to the problems of these initial efforts. A major problem of these first efforts was the absence of a well developed socio-cultural framework for analysis based on Vygotskian theory. This problem is redressed through a discussion of the ways that major socio-cultural theorists understood human development in their more recent theories. The authors also revisit the social concept in Piagetian theory and its development through successive generations of research on social interaction and cognitive development. An integrative framework of human development as a social psychological process is then proposed that welds together a role for social relations on crucial cognitive outcomes like the attainment of formal operational thinking and deep learning. Additionally, psycho-social developmental outcomes like tolerance, commitment to future plans and self-determination are discussed as well.

The results, beyond providing a description of university students’ state of development for the first time in the Cypriot context, also discuss the role of gender and socio-economic status in these students. Finally, the book is characterised by the attempt at the articulation of what Doise [1986] described as the four levels of analysis [intra-personal, interpersonal, intergroup/positional, social representations/ideological] by integrating in this process of articulation a role for social ethnic identity and ideological variables, thus offering a more complete socio-cultural model of university students’ development that manages to integrate social identity dynamics into existing development theories

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ISBN: 978-1-53610-331-1
ISBN: 978-1-53610-351-9

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