24th Biennial Meeting of the International Society for the Study of Behavioural Development

July 10-14, 2016 | Vilnius, Lithuania

Elisabetta Crocetti

Recent advances in the study of adolescent development: An EARA-ISSBD symposium 

The European Association for Research on Adolescence (EARA) has traditionally strong connections with the ISSBD. The EARA addresses a sub domain of the broad field of Behavioral Development, and this joint symposium offers an overview of advances in research on adolescence in both the EARA and the ISSBD.

WimMeeus (the Netherlands) will address the very important issue of replication in the study of adolescent development. He will present an overview of various longitudinal models, focusing on set of findings that have been consistently replicated across studies (e.g., adolescent psychopathology leads to erosion of personal relationships with parents and peers).

Julie C. Bowker (USA) will highlight recent advances in the study of peer relationships in early adolescence. She will focus on the extent to which peer relationships change over time, and whether such changes (e.g., losses and gains) impact young adolescents socially and psychologically.

Katharina Eckstein (Germany) will present recent studies providing new insights on adolescent civic engagement. In particular, she will examine changes in civic engagement over time with a special focus on differences due to young people’s educational and cultural background.

Rita Žukauskienė and Goda Kaniušonytė (Lithuania) will highlight developmental pathways in positive youth development. Specifically, they will identify distinct longitudinal trajectories of positive youth development, examine whether these trajectories differ in relation to several individual, family, and school characteristics, and if they are linked to positive and negative developmental outcomes.

Overall, these presentations will provide a comprehensive overview of recent advances in the study of adolescent development.