Andrew Coppens

Andrew D. Coppens
Ph.D. Student in Psychology
University of California, Santa Cruz

Research Focus

Andrew Coppens investigates learning and development in children's contributions to the mature endeavors of their family and community, especially with respect to the cultural traditions of Indigenous communities of México and the Americas. More specifically, his research focuses on the role of children's initiative and motivation in these activities. Andrew is also interested in public policy and culture change, particularly in how interventions aimed at working children and their families interact with the cultural practices of their communities.

His recent research examines cultural variation in Mexican children's views on child participation in family household work, the role and prevalence of children's initiative in family household work according to children and mothers, and cultural patterns of how Mexican family members negotiate and share responsibility in the home.