Editor's Note.

Author:Pillai, Vijayan K.

This issue contains a number of studies that extend the scope and content of the social development concept. Pradhan, Hossain, and Mathbor address an issue at the core of an international debate: the scientific merit of a Malthusian approach toward population control. Although the Malthusians would argue that population growth is likely to usurp economic development in the long run, the dissenters would suggest that population growth has no direct effect on economic development/growth. Broadly speaking, the authors of this article contribute to the population growth-economic growth debate. The article addresses two key concepts in the field of social development: population growth and its relationship to economic growth.

Nahar and Pillai focus on a topic of widespread interest within the field of social development: teen fertility. Teen years are perhaps the most vulnerable phase of life, second only to childbirth. Teen girls in particular face several reproductive health issues and risks in addition to all the social and economic threats that characterize the life of young children. The article focuses on the effect of environmental factors on teen fertility with attention to the impact of highways on the cultural diffusion of fertility norms and values. The macro-level focus of the article provides strategies for interventions broadly based in social development principles.

As noted by Shokane and Masoga, transition from multigenerational families to nuclear families has been an ongoing phenomenon in much of the developing world and it continues even today...

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