Brett Laursen's research concerns parent-child and peer relationships during childhood and adolescence. A related focus is on quantitative developmental methodologies. He is currently involved in several longitudinal projects.
The first study concerns a large group of Finnish students who have been followed across the transition from middle school to vocational school or gymnasium (high school). This inquiry focuses on the role parent-child and friend relationships play in shaping adjustment and developmental outcomes. Professor Katariina Salmela-Aro of the Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies directs this project. The second study concerns a diverse sample of South Florida youth, their parents, and their friends. This inquiry focuses on normative changes in family and friend relationships across the adolescent years, and will help us to better understand how relationships shape adolescent social and academic competence. A third study involves the nature and course of romantic relationships across adolescence and early adulthood in a sample of Colorado youth. Professor Wyndol Furman of the University of Denver directs this project. A fourth study involves peer influence processes and problem behaviors in a large community sample of Swedish youth. Professor Margaret Kerr and Håkan Stattin direct this project. A fifth study involves a California program designed to foster the acquisition of computer literacy skills among middle school students. Students who receive solo instruction will be contrasted with those who learn programming skills with a peer. Dr. Jill Denner and Professor Emily Werner direct this project.
Professor Laursen is Docent Professor of Social Developmental Psychology at the University of Jyväskylä, Finland, and is a member of the Finnish Center of Excellence in Learning and Motivation Research, where he collaborates on several longitudinal studies on peer relations and academic achievement under the direction of Professor Jari-Erik Nurmi.
Brett Laursen has received research support from the US National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, the US National Institute of Mental Health, the US National Science Foundation, and the Jacobs Foundation.
Professor Laursen is a Fellow in the American Psychological Association (Division 7, Developmental) and a Fellow and Charter Member of the Association for Psychological Science. He received an honorary doctorate from Orebro University (Sweden) in 2008.
Brett Laursen is Method and Measures Editor at the International Journal of Behavioral Development.
- Aggression, Conflict, Peace
- Close Relationships
- Interpersonal Processes
- Personality, Individual Differences
- Collins, W. A., & Laursen, B. (Eds.). (1999). Relationships as developmental contexts: The Minnesota Symposia on Child Psychology (Vol. 30). Hillsdale, NJ: Erlbaum.
- Laursen, B., & Graziano, W. G. (2002). Social exchange in development (New Directions for Child and Adolescent Development, No. 95). San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.
- Rubin, K. H., Bukowski, W. M., & Laursen, B. (Eds.). (2009). Handbook of peer interactions, relationships, and groups. New York: Guilford.
- Adams, R. E., & Laursen, B. (2007). The correlates of conflict: Disagreement is not necessarily detrimental. Journal of Family Psychology, 21, 445-458.
- Adams, R., & Laursen, B. (2001). The organization and dynamics of adolescent conflict with parents and friends. Journal of Marriage and the Family, 63, 97-110.
- Bukowski, W. M., Laursen, B., & Hoza, B. (2010). The snowball effect: Friendship moderates escalations in depressed affect among avoidant and excluded children. Development and Psychopathology, 22, 749-757.
- Burk, W. J., & Laursen, B. (2010). Mother and adolescent reports of associations between child behavior problems and mother-child relationship qualities: Separating shared variance from individual variance. Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, 38, 657-667.
- Burk, W. J., & Laursen, B. (2005). Adolescent perceptions of friendship and their associations with individual adjustment. International Journal of Behavioral Development, 29, 156-164.
- Hafen, C. A., & Laursen, B. (2009). More problems and less support: Early adolescent adjustment forecasts changes in perceived support from parents. Journal of Family Psychology, 23, 193-202.
- Laursen, B., Bukowski, W. M., Aunola, K., & Nurmi, J.-E. (2007). Friendship moderates prospective associations between social isolation and adjustment problems in young children. Child Development, 78, 1395-1404.
- Laursen, B., Coy, K., & Collins, W. A. (1998). Reconsidering changes in parent-child conflict across adolescence: A meta-analysis. Child Development, 69, 817-832.
- Laursen, B., DeLay, D., & Adams, R. E (2010). Trajectories of perceived support in mother-adolescent relationships: The poor (quality) get poorer. Developmental Psychology, 46, 1792-1798.
- Laursen, B., Furman, W., & Mooney, K. S. (2006). Predicting interpersonal competence and self-worth from adolescent relationships and relationship networks: Variable-centered and person-centered perspectives. Merril-Palmer Quarterly, 52, 572-600.
- Laursen, B., Hafen, C. A., Rubin, K. H., Booth-LaForce, C., & Rose-Krasnor, L. (2010). The distinctive difficulties of disagreeable youth. Merrill-Palmer Quarterly, 56, 80-103.
- Laursen, B., Pulkkinen, L., & Adams, R. (2002). The antecedents and correlates of agreeableness in adulthood. Developmental Psychology, 38, 591-603.
- Popp, D., Laursen, B., Kerr, M., Stattin, M., & Burk, W. J. (2008). Modeling homophily over time with an actor-partner interdependence model. Developmental Psychology, 44, 1028-1039.
- Hoff, E., Laursen, B., & Tardif, T. (2002). Socioeconomic status and parenting. In M. H. Bornstein (Ed.), Handbook of parenting: Vol. 2. Biology and ecology of parenting (2nd ed., pp. 231-252). Mahwah, NJ: Erlbaum.
- Laursen, B., & Collins, W. A. (2009). Parent-child relationships during adolescence. In R. M. Lerner & L. Steinberg (Eds.), Handbook of adolescent psychology (3rd ed.). Vol. 2: Contextual influences on adolescent development (pp. 3-42). New York: Wiley.
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