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Human Development Graduate Group

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    Adrienne Nishina

    Associate Professor of Human Development and Family Studies
    At UCD since: 2006
    Interests: Social-Emotional, School, Culture/Neighborhood/Society, Health & Mental Health, Prevention Research, Research Methodology
    Life Phases: Middle Childhood, Adolescence, Emerging Adulthood

  • Research Interests
    My research focuses on adolescent peer relationships and ethnicity within broader social contexts. Specifically, I study the individual and contextual factors under which peer victimization predicts greater psychosocial, physical, and academic maladjustment. I also examine the interplay between ethnic diversity in peer groups--primarily in school or friendship settings--and adolescent functioning.

    Selected Publications

    Nishina, A. (2012). Microcontextual characteristics of peer victimization experiences and adolescents' daily well-being. Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 41, 191-201. DOI: 10.1007/s10964-011-9669-z

    Nishina, A., Bellmore, A., Witkow, M. R., & Nylund-Gibson, K.  (2010). Longitudinal consistency of adolescent ethnic identification across varying school ethnic contexts.  Developmental Psychology, 46, 1389-1401. 

    Nishina, A., & Bellmore, A. D. (2010). When might peer aggression, victimization, and conflict have its greatest impact? Microcontextual considerations. Journal of Early Adolescence, 30, 5-26.

    Juvonen, J., Nishina, A., & Graham, S. (2006). Ethnic diversity and perceptions of safety in urban middle schools. Psychological Science, 17, 393-400.

    Nishina, A., & Juvonen, J. (2005). Daily reports of witnessing and experiencing peer harassment in middle school. Child Development, 76, 435-450.

    Nishina, A., Juvonen, J., & Witkow, M. R., (2005). Sticks and stones may break my bones but names will make me feel sick: The consequences of peer harassment. Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, 34, 37-48.