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Cameron, Ann

Core Area(s): Developmental

Biographical Sketch & Research Interests
In collaboration with colleagues in China, the US, and Japan, we are conducting cross-cultural studies of the development of verbal deception and truth telling. When values regarding such matters as modesty, communitarianism, family reputation, personal friendships, pride in country, etc., collide with honesty, what evaluations and justifications do children come to make?

We are also examining children's and parents' physiological responses to verbal deception in a laboratory setting using a similar procedure to one we have devised to examine individual differences in adolescents' stress responsivity.

With a very different methodology we are studying thriving in early childhood, the early school years, and early adolescence in 14 locations around the globe. We have developed specifically for these investigations, a "Day in the Life" ecological procedure wherein we record one full waking day of a young child or youth's life in their homes, schools and communities. Our book, ‘International perspectives on early childhood research: A day in the life’ was published in 2010 by Palgrave Macmillan.

After having investigated the effects of young children's communicating over the telephone on narrative expression and emergent literacy, we now explore their telephone conversations with intimate family members.

We continue to examine gender as a factor in youth perspectives on healthy and unhealthy intimate relationships.

Representative Publications
Lau, Y.L., Cameron, C.A., Cheih, K.M., O’Leary, J., Fu, G., & Lee, K. (in press 2012). Cultural differences in moral justifications enhance understanding of Chinese and Canadian children’s moral decisions. Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology

Luft, T., Jenkins, M. & Cameron, C.A. (in press 2012). Adolescent girls’ negotiating healthy and unhealthy romantic relationships. Canadian Journal of Counselling and Psychotherapy

Cameron, C.A., Theron, L., Tapanya, S., Li, C., Lau, C., Liebenberg, L. & Ungar, M. (in press, 2012). Visual perspectives on majority world adolescent thriving. Journal of Research on Adolescence.

Chen, J., Lau, C., Tapanya, S. & Cameron, C.A. (2012). Identities as protective processes: Socio-ecological perspectives on youth resilience. Journal of Youth Studies, 15(4), 1-15.

Phillips, L. & Cameron, C.A. (2012). Investigating the multimodality of children and youth. International Journal of Child Youth and Family Studies, 3(2/3), 284-299.

Cameron, C.A., Lau, C., Fu, G. & Lee, K. (2012). Development of children’s moral evaluations of modesty and self-promotion in diverse cultural settings. Journal of Moral Education, 41(1), 61-78.

Cameron, C.A., Pinto, G., Accorti Gamannossi, B., Hancock, R. & Tapanya, S. (2011). Domestic play collaborations in diverse family contexts. Australasian Journal of Early Childhood, 36(4), 78-86.

Cameron, C.A., Theron, L., Ungar, M. & Liebenberg, L. (2011). Adapting visual methodologies to identify youth protective processes in negotiating resilience across cultures and contexts. Australian Community Psychologist, 23(2), 68-84.

Theron, L., Cameron, C.A., Didkowsky, N., Lau, C., Liebenberg, L. & Ungar, M. (2011). A ‘day in the life’ of four resilient youths: Cultural roots of resilience. Youth and Society, 43(3), 799-818.

Cameron, C.A. & Theron, L. (2011). With pictures and words I can show you: Cartoons portray migrant teenagers’ journeys. In L.C. Theron, C. Mitchell, & A. Smith, (Eds.), Picturing research: Drawing as visual methodology. Pp. 205-217. Rotterdam NL: Sense Publishers.

Fu, G., Brunet, M.K., Lv, Y., Ding, X., Heyman, G.D., Cameron, C.A., Lee, K. (2010). Chinese children's moral evaluation of lies and truths -- roles of context and parental individualism-collectivism tendencies. Infant and Child Development, 19, 498-515.

Cameron, E.L, Fox, J.D., Anderson, M.S., & Cameron, C.A. (2010). Resilient youths use humor to enhance socio-emotional functioning during a Day in the Life. Journal of Adolescent Research, 25(5), 716-742.

Gillen, J. & Cameron, C.A. (Eds.). (2010). International perspectives on early childhood research: A Day in the Life. Houndmills: Palgrave Macmillan.

Cameron, C.A, Lau, C., Tapanya, S. (2009). Passing it on during a Day in the Life of resilient adolescents in diverse communities around the globe. Child and Youth Care Forum, 38(5), 227-271.

Cameron, C.A. (2009). Constructing syntheses: Converging methods for investigating youth in diverse cultures. In L. Liebenberg & M. Ungar, (Eds.). Researching resilience. Pp.225-244. Toronto ON: University of Toronto Press.

Cameron, C.A. & Hutchison, J. (2009). Telephone-mediated communication effects on young children’s oral and written narratives. First Language, 29(4), 343-367.

Cameron, C.A., & Pinto, G. (2009). Day in the Life: Secure interludes with joint book reading. Journal of Research in Childhood Education, 3(4), 437-449.

Pinto, G., Accorti Gamannossi, B., & Cameron, C.A. (2009). From scribbles to meanings: Social interaction in different cultures and the emergence of young children’s early drawing. Early Child Development & Care, 179(8), 1-19.

Cameron, E.L., Kennedy, K., & Cameron, C.A. (2008). “Let me show you a trick!”: A toddler’s use of humor to explore, interpret, and negotiate her familial environment during a Day in the Life. Journal of Research in Childhood Education, 23, 5-18.

Cameron, C.A., Ungar, M. & Liebenberg, L. (2007). Cross-cultural understandings of resilience: Roots for wings in the development of affective resources for resilience. In N. Carrey & M. Ungar, Eds. Resilience Special Issue. Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Clinics 16(2) 285-301.

Fu, G., Xu, F., Cameron, C.A., Heyman, G.D. & Lee, K. (2007). Cross-cultural differences in children’s choices, categorizations, and evaluations of truths and lies. Developmental Psychology, 43(2) 278-293.

Gillen, J., Cameron, C.A., Tapanya, S., Pinto, G., Hancock, R., Young, S. & Accorti Gamannossi, B. (2006). 'A Day in the Life': advancing a methodology for the cultural study of development and learning in early childhood. Early Child Development and Care, 177(2), 207-218.

Pinto, G., Accorti Gamannossi, B. & Cameron, C.A. (2006). Alfabetizzazione emergente in “Un giorno nella vita” / Emergent literacy in a day in the life. Rassegna di Psicologia, 3(XXIII), 79-92.

Pinto, G., Accorti Gamannossi, B. & Cameron, C.A. (2006). Joint book reading: Socialization of literacy in cultural perspective. International Journal of Ideographic Science. 4. Retrieved from

Cameron, C.A., Tapanya, S. & Gillen, J. (2006). Swings, hammocks, and rocking chairs as secure bases during A Day in the Life in diverse cultures. Child and Youth Care Forum, 35(3), 231-247.

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