Professor George P. Knight
Emeritus Professor of Psychology at Arizona State University, USA
My research focuses on positive social development of children and adolescents with an emphasis on the role of cultural influences. I am particularly interested in the prosocial development (i.e., cooperation, helping, kindness, sharing, and volunteerism) of Mexican American youth. In addition, I have focused on the role of acculturation (i.e., adaptation to the mainstream culture) and enculturation (i.e., adaptation to the ethnic culture) by Mexican American youth. I also conduct research on the methodological challenges associated with studying ethnically diverse populations.
Although much of the psychological research on ethnic minority youth has focused on mental health issues, my research has consistently provided a counter vision of these youth by focusing on their development of positive behavioral patterns.