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★ An interview with Professor Joe Allen

The Chronicle is honored to feature Joe Allen, one of the nation’s leading experts on adolescent development, especially parent and peer relationships. His work is also featured in the Chronicle. Joe is the Hugh Kelly Professor of Psychology at the University of Virginia and a licensed clinical psychologist. In an ambitious ninety-classroom study funded by the William T. […]

Adolescent turning points: Helping young people make sense of adversity

Turning points, including unexpected deaths, serious accident or illness, natural disasters, etc., can change the path of one’s life.  And, according to researchers, when they strike during adolescence and early adulthood, when identity development is still in flux, they can be particularly influential and growth enhancing. For this growth to occur, however, survivors need to […]

Is Your Mentee Prepared for Life?

By Ben Carpenter, reprinted from the New York Times As 16 million young adults set off for college this fall, they are looking at some frightening statistics. Despite the ever-rising cost of getting a degree, one number stands out like a person shouting in a campus library: According to a recent poll conducted by AfterCollege, an […]

“They like me, they like me not”: Popularity and adolescents’ perceptions or acceptance predicting social functioning over time.

McElhaney, K., Antonishak, J., & Allen, J. (2008). “They like me, they like me not”: Popularity and adolescents’ perceptions or acceptance predicting social functioning over time. Child Development, 79 (3), 720-731. Problem: Throughout adolescent development, the importance of peer relationships greatly increases. These peer relationships help provide an important context for learning relational skills that […]