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Examining the complex factors that determine a young person’s identity, including their race, gender, sexuality, political and socio-economic status.

Mainstream Media


Examining the effects of the media messages that youth receive across their screens, magazine pages, and the airwaves.

Social Media


Understanding engagement with social media, the struggles and opportunities that families and schools encounter, implications for health and wellbeing, and adolescent’s own autonomy.

Adolescent Development in an Age of Social Media

Adolescent Development in an Age of Social Media

Linda Charmaraman, Ph.D., director of the Youth, Media & Wellbeing Research Lab, served as a guest editor for a special issue of the Journal of Adolescent Research focused on adolescent and emerging adult development in an age of social media. Charmaraman co-wrote an introduction to the special issue with Katie Davis, Ph.D., of the University of Washington and Emily Weinstein, Ed.D., of the Harvard Graduate School of Education. In the introduction, the group discusses the importance of researching social media’s effect on young people, how the special issue contributes to knowledge of this issue, and the practical implications of the research in this field. Read more >>

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