Keynote Address, delivered at the SRA Peer Preconference. Vancouver, Canada, March 7, 2012. Nicole Lafko, Elyse Ogletree, and Emily Cohen are acknowledged for their assistance in locating and organizing references for this manuscript. I gratefully acknowledge the four anonymous reviewers for their insightful and helpful comments on a previous version of this paper. Preparation of this manuscript was in part made possible by support from NSF grant award number 0819148.
Psychophysiology of Adolescent Peer Relations I: Theory and Research Findings
Version of Record online: 14 SEP 2012
© 2012 The Author. Journal of Research on Adolescence © 2012 Society for Research on Adolescence
Journal of Research on Adolescence
Special Issue: SPECIAL SECTION: PRESIDENTIAL AND KEYNOTE ADDRESSES FROM THE 2012 SRA CONFERENCE
Volume 23, Issue 2, pages 236–259, June 2013
How to Cite
Murray-Close, D. (2013), Psychophysiology of Adolescent Peer Relations I: Theory and Research Findings. Journal of Research on Adolescence, 23: 236–259. doi: 10.1111/j.1532-7795.2012.00828.x
- Issue online: 17 MAY 2013
- Version of Record online: 14 SEP 2012
- NSF. Grant Number: 0819148
Developmental psychologists have become increasingly interested in how psychophysiological processes relate to adolescent peer functioning. This review discusses advances in the study of the psychophysiology of adolescent peer relations, with a focus on how the autonomic and neuroendocrine systems relate to antisocial behavior, victimization, and peer social status (i.e., dominance, likeability, and popularity). The theoretical and psychological significance assigned to psychophysiological measures is discussed to provide a framework for adolescent peer researchers interested in incorporating these measures into their programs of research. Next, evidence that physiological arousal predicts peer-based behaviors and that experiences with peers may alter the functioning of physiological systems is reviewed. Throughout, the motivational, regulatory, and emotional processes thought to underlie these associations are highlighted.