This book provides an in-depth insight into what is currently known and relatively unknown about youths’ online peer engagement. It delivers state-of-the-art current reviews of the literature in the field, with a strong coverage of methodological issues in studying online friendships and an emphasis on moving towards a new, less dichotomic, view of online peer interaction in adolescence.
With a focus on what spending time with online-exclusive peers entails – in terms of both potential positive as well as negative consequences for friendship quality, intimacy, and well-being – this book offers a more nuanced commentary on youths’ online peer engagement. Including coverage of the evolution of online friendships, cyberbullying, cyberdating, sexting, online abuse, smartphones, social networks, as well as their impact on adolescent social interaction online, Van Zalk and Monks consider implications for future research directions and practical applications.
Online Peer Engagement in Adolescence is important reading for undergraduate and master students studying social and developmental psychology, education, relationships and health, as well as advanced researchers and academics working in these fields.
Table of Contents
1. Online Peer Engagement in Adolescence: Moving Away from "Good vs. Bad" to Brave New Frameworks (Nejra Van Zalk); 2. Buddies, Friends, and Followers: The evolution of online friendships (Joanna C. Yau and Stephanie M. Reich); 3. Adolescent online friendships: The poor get poorer, or the rich get richer? (Barry H. Schneider, Yair Amichai-Hamburger and Antonia Lonigro); 4. Is Online Peer Engagement Bad for All Youth All of the Time? The Benefits and Perils of Online Peer Interactions (Sonya Negriff and Kaveri Subrahmanyam); 5. Cyberbullying: A changing phenomenon (Jose A. Casas, Rosario Ortega-Ruiz and Claire P. Monks); 6. Links between Online Communication and Compulsive Internet Use in Adolescence: Is There a Reason to Worry? (Nejra Van Zalk and Seung Ha Lee); 7. Cyberdating Abuse And Sexting In Adolescence (Virginia Sánchez-Jiménez, Mónica Ojeda Pérez, Noelia Muñoz Fernández and Rosario Del Rey); 8. "Digital Adolescence": The Effects of Smartphones and Social Networking Technologies on Adolescents’ Well-Being (Yaakov Ophir, Hananel Rosenberg, Yuliya Lipshits-Braziler and Yair Amichai-Hamburger); 9. Applying Developmental Theory to Adolescent Peer Influence Processes in the Social Media Context (Sophia Choukas-Bradley and Jacqueline Nesi); 10. Adolescent Relationships in a Digital Age: What Do We Know and Where Does the Future Lie? (Claire P. Monks and Nejra Van Zalk)
Nejra Van Zalk is a developmental psychologist at Imperial College London, focusing on human-technology interaction and its impacts on mental health across the life-span.
Claire P. Monks is a developmental psychologist at the University of Greenwich, focusing on young people’s peer relationships.