Online Peer Engagement in Adolescence: Positive and Negative Aspects of Online Social Interaction, 1st Edition (Paperback) book cover

Online Peer Engagement in Adolescence

Positive and Negative Aspects of Online Social Interaction, 1st Edition

By Nejra Van Zalk, Claire Monks


208 pages

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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

Chapter 1: Online Peer Engagement in Adolescence: Moving Away from "Good vs. Bad" to Brave New Frameworks. Nejra van Zalk

Chapter 2: Buddies, Friends, and Followers: The evolution of online friendships. Joanna C. Yau & Stephanie M. Reich

Chapter 3: Adolescent online friendships: The poor get poorer, or the rich get richer? Barry H. Schneider, Yair Amichai-Hamburger & Antonia Lonigro

Chapter 4: Is Online Peer Engagement Bad for All Youth All of the Time? The Benefits and Perils of Online Peer Interactions. Sonya Negriff, Ph.D., Kaveri Subrahmanyam, Ph.D.

Chapter 5: Cyberbullying: A changing phenomenon. Jose A. Casas, Rosario Ortega-Ruiz and Claire Monks

Chapter 6: Links between Online Communication and Compulsive Internet Use in Adolescence: Is There a Reason to Worry? Nejra Van Zalk and Seung Ha Lee

Chapter 7: Cyberdating Abuse And Sexting In Adolescence. Virginia Sánchez-Jiménez, Mónica Ojeda Pérez, Noelia Muñoz Fernández, Rosario Del Rey

Chapter 8: "Digital Adolescence": The Effects of Smartphones and Social Networking Technologies on Adolescents’ Well-Being. Yaakov Ophir, Hananel Rosenberg, Yuliya Lipshits-Braziler, Yair Amichai-Hamburger

Chapter 9: Applying Developmental Theory to Adolescent Peer Influence Processes in the Social Media Context. Sophia Choukas-Bradley & Jacqueline Nesi

Chapter 10: Adolescent Relationships in a Digital Age: What Do We Know and Where Does the Future Lie? Claire P. Monks and Nejra Van Zalk

About the Authors

Dr 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.

Professor Claire P. Monks is a developmental psychologist at the University of Greenwich, focusing on young people’s peer relationships.

About the Series

Studies in Adolescent Development

The Studies in Adolescent Development series is published in conjunction with the European Association for Research on Adolescence and is committed to publishing and promoting the highest quality of writing in the field of adolescent development.

The series aims to respond to the recent shifts in the social and ecological environment of adolescents and in the new theoretical perspectives within the social science by providing a range of books, each of which deals in-depth with an aspect of current interest within the field of adolescent development.

Each book focuses on a specific aspect of adolescence and provides either a clear picture of the research endeavours which are currently serving to extend the boundaries of our knowledge and understanding of the field, or an insightful theoretical perspective of adolescent development. The editors encourage publications which represent original contributions to the field.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PSYCHOLOGY / Developmental / Adolescent