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Jaana Juvonen
Primary Area:
Developmental Psychology
2291C FH
(310) 825-8293
Research and Teaching Interests:

I study young teens’ relationships with their peers, and how these relationships are shaped by environmental (e.g., school contextual, online) factors. One central goal of my work is to understand  various types of person-group interactions. I am particularly interested in the effects of student composition (e.g., homogeneity vs. different forms of diversity) on social norms, peer relationships, and social-emotional wellbeing.

Guided by a social-contextual perspective, I conceptualize schools and classrooms as ecological niches that shape peer relationships and wellbeing. Much of my research pertains to bullying and victimization. I have examined both the motives predicting bullying perpetration (dominance) and the social-cognitive mechanisms (self-blame) underlying the emotional plight of the targets of bullying. I also conduct research on peer groups norms and how they are related to adolescent behavior. My current collaborative research examines the effects of school ethnic diversity on friendship formation, social identity development, prejudice, mental health, and academic success across middle and high school.


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Representative Publications:

Juvonen, J. (2018). The potential of schools to facilitate and constrain peer relationships. In W. Bukowski, K. Rubin, B. Laursen (Eds), Handbook of Peer Interactions, Relationships, and Groups, (491-509)New York: The Guildford Press.

Juvonen, J. & Bell, A. (2018). Social integration of refugee youth in Europe: Lessons learned about interethnic relations in U.S. schools. Polish Psychological Bulletin, 49, 23-30.

Juvonen, J. Lessard, L., Schacter, H.L., & Enders, C. (2018). The effects of middle school weight climate on youth with higher body weight. Journal of Research on Adolescence.

Lessard, L., & Juvonen., J. (2018) Friendless Adolescents: Do perceptions of environmental threat account for their distress and continued friendlessness? Journal of Research on Adolescence,28, 277-283.

Lessard, L., & Juvonen., J. (2018). Losing and gaining friends: Does friendship instability compromise academic functioning in middle school? Journal of School Psychology, 69,143-153.

Knifsend, C., Chamacho-Thompson, D., Juvonen, J. & Graham, S. (2018). Friends in activities, school-related affect, and academic outcomes in diverse middle schools. Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 47, 1208-1220.

Schacter, H., L., & Juvonen, J. (2018) You’ve got a friend(ly school): Can prosocial norms and friends similarly protect victims from distress? Social Development, 27, 636-651.

Schacter, H., L., & Juvonen, J. (2018) Dynamic changes in peer victimization and adjustment across middle school: Does friends’ victimization alleviate distress? Child Development.

Earnshaw, V, Reisner, S. Juvonen, J.,Hatzenbuehler, M, Perrotti, J., Schuster, M (2017) LGBTQ bullying: Translating research to action in pediatrics. Pediatrics, 140, 4, e20170432

Juvonen, J., Kogachi, K & Graham, S. (2017). When and how do students benefit from ethnic diversity in middle school? Child Development, 89, 1268-1282.

Smith, S., D., Schacter, H., L., Enders, G., & Juvonen, J. (2017). Effects of school-level gender norm salience on adolescent adjustment. Journal of Youth and Adolescence. Online First.

Smith, S., D. & Juvonen, J. (2017). Psychosocial ramifications of low gender typicality in early adolescence. Journal of Adolescence, 60, 161 -170

Juvonen, J. Lessard, L., Schacter, H.L., & Suchilt, L.(2017) Emotional implications of weight stigma across middle school: The role of weight-based peer discrimination. Journal of Clinical Child & Adolescent Psychology, 46, 150-158.

Juvonen, J. & Schacter, H. L (2017). Bullying in school and online contexts: Social dominance, bystander compliance, and social pain of victims. In A. Rutland, D. Nesdale, & C. Brown, (Eds.), Handbook on Intergroup Relations in Children and Adolescents (315-332). Wiley-Blackwell.

Knifsend, C., Bell, A., & Juvonen, J. (2017). Identification with multiple groups in multiethnic middle schools: What predicts social ingroup overlap? Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 46, 317–327.

Knifsend, C. & Juvonen, J. (2017) Extracurricular activities in multiethnic middle schools: Ideal context for positive intergroup attitudes? Journal of Research on Adolescence, 7, 407-422.