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.

Cameron, C.A., Luft, T., Dmytro, D., Kubiliene, N. & Chou, W. (2017). Adolescents negotiating romantic relationships in a culturally diverse, urban community. International Journal of Child, Youth and Family Studies. 8(1), 1-19. doi: 10. 18357/ijcyfs812017167

Gillen, J. & Cameron, C.A. (2017). Negotiating citizenship: a young child’s collaborative meaning-making constructions of beavers as a symbol of Canada. Language and Education, 31(4), 330-350. doi: 10.1080/09500782.2017.1302466

Kubiliene, N., Jenkins, S., Gouliquer, L. & Cameron, C.A. (2016).  Agency and communion in a Day in the Life of a thriving older adult. Journal of Religion, Spirituality & Aging, 1-17. doi: 10.1080/155280030.2016.12207878

Cameron, C.A., McKay, S., Susman, E.J., Wynne-Edwards, K, Wright, J. M. & Weinberg, J. (2016). Cortisol stress response variability in early adolescence. Journal of Youth and Adolescence. doi: 10.1007/s10964-016-0548-5

Fu, G., Heyman, G.D., Cameron, C.A. & Lee, K. (2016). Learning to be unsung heroes: Development of reputation management in two cultures. Child Development, 87(3), 689-699. doi: 10.1111/cdev.12494

Fu, G., Luo, Y.C., Heyman, G.D, Wang, B., Cameron, C.A. & Lee, K. (2016).  Moral evaluations of lying for one’s own group. Infant and Child Development, 25, 355-370. doi: 10.1002/icd.1941

Cameron, C.A., Pinto, G., Hunt, A.K. & Léger, P-D. (2015). Emerging literacy during a ‘Day in the Life’ in transition to school. Early Child Development and Care, 186(9), 1476-1490. doi: /10.1080/03004430.2015.1105800

Gillen, J. & Cameron, C.A. (2015). Un giorno nella vita: Percorsi internazionali di ricerca della prima infanzia. Italian translation, G, Pinto & M. Toselli. Florence: SEID

Cameron, C.A., Hunt, A.K., Pezzica, S., Phillips, L., Heydon, R. & Kumpulienen, K. (2014).  Children shaping their identities as readers and writers: A Day in the Life of children in transition to school. Childhood Explorer, 1(4), 22-25.

Cameron, C.A., Pinto, G. & Tapanya, S. (2014). Scaffolding one Thai youth drawing toward resilience. Culture & Psychology. 20(4), 453-479.

Dmytro, D., Lo, J., O’Leary, J., Fu, G., Lee, K. & Cameron, C.A. (2014), Development of cultural perspectives on verbal deception in competitive situations. Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology, 45(8), 1196-1214. doi: 10.1177/ 0022022114535485

Toselli, M., Pinto, G. & Cameron, C.A. (2014). Un giorno nella vita di un bambino. Continuit. e discontinuit. nella transizione dal contesto familiare al contesto scolastico. Psicologia dell’educatione, 8(2), 239-252.

Pinto, G., Cameron, C.A., Hancock, R. & Tapanya, S. (2014). Thriving toddlers and their attentive fathers and grandfathers around the globe during a Day in their Lives. Procedia Social & Behavioral Sciences, 116, 2039-2043. doi: 10.1016/j.sbspro.2014.01.516

Dmytro, D., Kubiliene, N. & Cameron, C.A. (2014). Agentive and communitarian play in early childhood. Early Child Development and Care. doi:10.1080/03004430.2014.894033

Hancock, R., Cameron, A. & Talay-Ongan, A. (2013). Agency and children’s well-being, In L. Miller & C. L. Cameron (Eds.). International Perspectives in the Early Years. London: Sage.

Leger, P.-D. & Cameron, C.A. (2013).  Meaning construction in early oral reading. Journal of Research in Childhood Education, 27, 454-471. doi: 10.1080/02568543.2013.823898

Dmytro, D., Luft. T., Hoard, R. Jenkins, M. & Cameron, C.A. (2013). Adolescent boys’ negotiating romantic relationships: ‘We need to sacrifice our brains’. Canadian Journal of Counselling and Psychotherapy, 47(3), 361-382

Cameron, C.A., Pinto, G., Hancock, R., & Tapanya, S. (2013). Thriving toddler girls and their attentive fathers and grandfathers during a Day in their Lives. Early Child Development and Care.

Cameron, C.A. & Gillen, J. (2013). Co-constructing family identities through young children’s telephone-mediated narrative exchanges. First Language, 33(3), 246-267. doi: 10.1177/0142723713487611

Cameron, E.L., Hedman, L., Didkowsky, N., Tapanya, S. & Cameron, C.A. (2013). “If everyone copies me Thailand will be so much better off”: The power of irony in youth conversation. International Journal of Child, Youth and Family Care, 2, 189-208.

Cameron, C.A., Theron, L., Tapanya, S., Li, C., Lau, C., Liebenberg, L., & Ungar, M. (2013).  Visual perspectives on majority world adolescent thriving.  Journal of Research on Adolescence. 23(1), 149-161. doi: 10.1111/j.1532-7795.2012.00794.x

Lau, Y.L., Cameron, C.A., Chieh, K.M., O’Leary, J., Fu, G., & Lee, K. (2013). Cultural differences in moral justifications enhance understanding of Chinese and Canadian children’s moral decisions. Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology, 44, 461-477. doi: 10.1177/0022022112453315

Luft, T, Jenkins, M. & Cameron, C.A. (2012). Adolescent girls’ negotiating healthy and unhealthy romantic relationships. Canadian Journal of Counselling and Psychotherapy, 46(3), 259-276.

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. doi:10.1080/13676261.2012.677815

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.