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FPG Lecture Series Welcomes Dr. Antonius H. N. (Toon) Cillessen

Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute is pleased to welcome Dr. Antonius H. N. (Toon) Cillessen as the fourth speaker in our 2019-2020 distinguished lecture series Networks in Child Development: From Biology to Society.

Social Status and Social Behavior in Peer Networks: A Developmental Perspective

Children and adolescents spend a significant amount of time each day in the company of peers. Together with their peers, children acquire a wide range of skills, attitudes and experiences that influence their cognitive, emotional, and social development. Peers are also powerful socialization agents, contributing well beyond the collective influences of family, school, and neighborhood. This lecture will focus on the importance of peer relationships and interactions for development. Specifically, three topics will be addressed. First, how peer acceptance and popularity in the peer group can be seen as distinct and unique measures of two different form of social competence with peers. Second, recent methodological developments in the sociometric assessment of peer acceptance and popularity. Third, the role of peer acceptance and popularity in a long-term developmental perspective, linking them to recent longitudinal research on the peer relationships of young adults.

Antonius H. N. (Toon) Cillessen, Ph.D., (Radboud University, 1991) is Professor and Chair of Developmental Psychology and Director of the Behavioural Science Institute at Radboud University in Nijmegen, The Netherlands. He previously held appointments at Duke University and the University of Connecticut. His research interests include peer relations in childhood and adolescence, social behavior, peer influence, and quantitative methods for developmental research (sociometry, social networks, longitudinal data analysis). He is a Consulting Editor for the International Journal of Behavioral Development, Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology, Journal of Research on Adolescence, Merrill-Palmer Quarterly, and Social Development. He is the co-editor of Popularity in the Peer System (2011, Guilford Press).

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