I was interviewed by Quest Psychology about the question why some youth in adolescence are popular and why some are not. My research shows that this depends on the classroom: in some classrooms it is cool to be bossy or a bully, but in other classrooms, this is not done. Thus, popularity should be understood in its context!
Hierarchies are bad! In this interview, together with Mitch Prinstein, I posit that in classrooms where there are strong variations between students in how popular they are, students try to use negative, aggressive behaviors to climb upon the popularity ladder.
Cosmogirl! interviewed me about the struggles that youth may have with their friends, and how these can be fixed.
A nice overview of my work in Jente, a magazine for parents. During adolescence, parent supervision wanes, paving the way for peer influence. Having friends is essential in a developmental period where peers become increasingly prominent - how should parents react to these developmental changes?
"Birds of a feather flock together" is an often-used saying. In adolescence, youth tend to cluster together with peers who are similar to them, and they may even become more similar over time due to peer influence - for better, or for worse. My research shows that classroom norms matter for these friendship selection and influence processes.
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Pesten komt nog altijd vaak voor en kan zeer ingrijpend zijn in het leven van kinderen. Zelfs jaren later kunnen er nog gevolgen aan vast zitten. Hoe kan je als jeugdprofessional helpen om pestgedrag tegen te gaan? Welke interventies zijn effectief? Presentator Glenn van den Burg spreekt deze podcastaflevering met Lydia Laninga-Wijnen van de Universiteit Utrecht. Zij doet onderzoek naar pesten bij adolescenten. De andere gast is Marijke van der Zalm, projectleider van de Week tegen Pesten.