The Anuak people of South Sudan and Ethiopia are traditional people. They believe in the customs and beliefs that have been passed down. With an evolving society, they are progressing with the times. Differences in cultural norms, beliefs, and values, play a role in how people have developed and will continue to develop. The differences between American and Anuak culture result in different developmental expectations through the lifespan.
In infancy, parental influence impacts how an infant develops. Fathers are not actively involved in the raising of children. Mothers are often the care taker of children. Family is considered very important. For example, uncles can be considered baba or dad. Many first, second, third, and even fourth cousins are all considered close family. This would be considered an extended family. A family structure includes the grandparents, cousins, aunts and uncles, where they are all involved. Extended families have been found to offer support with caring for the child (Boyd and Bee, 20). Many extended members of family are actively involved in the raising of children, which may make up for the lack of the paternal parent. With fathers who are not present in regular father-infant play engagements, it can lead to the infant developing behavioral issues.
From the time an infant is born, gender is defined and continues so throughout childhood. Girls wore dresses and boys wore pants. They begin to follow what their same-sex parent does. Women tend to