Podcast: Detach Player
Glossary of Terms
Adolescent development – biological, cognitive, and social changes occurring during the transition from childhood to adulthood
Peer crowd affiliation – the groups of other adolescents that one is involved with; key aspect of adolescents’ peer culture
Clique – a group of 2 to 12 people who interact with each other more regularly than others in the same setting and often have common interests, views, or purposes
Bullying – unwanted aggressive behavior(s) by others that involves an observed or perceived power imbalance and is repeated
Relational aggression – intent to hurt, harm or injure another person using the relationship or the threat of removing the relationship as the means of harm (think: “you can’t sit with us!”)
School climate – reflects norms, goals, values, interpersonal relationships, teaching and learning practices, and organizational structures of the school, students, parents, and staff
Read more about adolescent development in this article
Dr. Sam shared some interesting research on the impacts of peer crowd affiliations on mental health and behaviors–learn more here
Ever wanted to hear more about the science behind cliques? Here’s your chance!
Dr. Fran discussed different types of aggressive behavior, with a focus on how relational aggression is portrayed in Mean Girls–read more here
The anti-bullying efforts portrayed in Mean Girls were not the most effective… see what psychologists really recommend for addressing this issue in schools
Unfortunately, body image continues to be a major concern among adolescents. Check out these two articles for more research and statistics on this important topic.