Colloquium: "The Significance of Friendship and Peer Difficulties During Early Adolescence"

Alberti Center 2015–2016 Colloquium Series

"The Significance of Friendship and Peer Difficulties During Early Adolescence"

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Tuesday, March 22, 2016
11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.
280 Park Hall, UB North Campus
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Buffalo, NY

Brown bag lunch; light refreshments provided.
This is a free event, but registration is required (see below) by Friday, March 18.

BowkerJulie C. Bowker, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Psychology
University at Buffalo

Children’s social worlds expand considerably as they transition into the early adolescent developmental period (10-14 years). It is also the case that friendships become more intimate during early adolescence, and that all peer experiences, including experiences with friends and experiences of peer victimization, become increasingly influential on psychological well-being.

However, not all of these peer experiences have a positive influence on adjustment outcomes, and some young adolescents, due to their individual characteristics, benefit more or less from these peer experiences than others.

This colloquium will present a program of research examining the significance of different types of peer experiences during early adolescence or the middle school years, with an emphasis on when, why, and for whom such experiences lead to positive, negative, or positive and negative developmental outcomes. Implications for intervention will be discussed along with future research directions.

March 22, 2016


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