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date: 23 January 2021

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This chapter addresses the intersection of adolescence, family, and culture with a focus on autonomy and relatedness. Family relationships come to the fore in the study of adolescent development in sociocultural context, and several theoretical and empirical studies shed light on the myriad factors involved. The chapter provides an overview of the main lines of relevant research and theory focusing on autonomy and relatedness. Kağitçibaşi’s family change theory is presented as a general framework for understanding the systematic variations in the family in different socioeconomic-cultural contexts; her autonomous-related self construct, of particular importance in adolescence, is also discussed. Other theoretical perspectives are discussed that provide further support for the adaptive value and importance of autonomy and relatedness in adolescent development. The immigrant family is also studied because immigration presents a special case for analyzing the dynamics of change and continuity in family relations. Theoretical and applied implications of the different outlooks are discussed.

Keywords: family, autonomy, relatedness, autonomous-related self, positive youth development, family change theory

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