Sara Goldstein

Dr. Goldstein studies social development during childhood, adolescence, and the transition to adulthood.  She is especially interested in peer relationships (including friendships and romantic relationships), and the role of peers in social and academic outcomes.  Additionally, Goldstein studies how parents influence the development of their children’s peer relationships.  Much of Goldstein’s work has focused on aggressive behavior in children and adolescents, focusing on relational aggression and cyber aggression.  Most recently, she has become interested in the emerging influence of technology in children’s and adolescents’ social experiences.

Scholarly Interests and Specialties

  • Social development during childhood adolescence, and young adulthood, focusing on the development of peer relationships and aggressive behavior.

Professional Association Memberships

  • American Psychological Society
  • Society for Research on Adolescence
  • Society for Research in Child Development

Reviewer for the following professional journals

  • Aggressive Behavior
  • Basic and Applied Social Psychology
  • Child Development
  • Contemporary School Psychology
  • Computers in Human Behavior
  • Developmental Psychology
  • Early Child Development and Care
  • Early Childhood Research Quarterly
  • European Journal of Social Psychology
  • Family Science Review
  • Health Education and Behavior
  • Merrill-Palmer Quarterly
  • International Journal of Psychology
  • Journal of Adolescence
  • Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology
  • Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology
  • Journal of Early Adolescence
  • Journal of Family Relations
  • Journal of Marriage and the Family
  • Journal of Psychopathology and Behavioral Assessment
  • Journal of Research on Adolescence
  • Journal of Social and Personal Relationships
  • Psychological Assessment
  • Sex Roles
  • Youth and Society

Professional journals for which you are on the editorial board

  • Adolescent Research Review
  • Journal of Research on Adolescence
  • Journal of Youth and Adolescence
  • Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology (former)

Work With Schools and Other Agencies

  • I am currently collecting data from local high schools focusing on adolescents’ aggressive behavior and harassment.

Representative Recent Publications

Goldstein, S. E. (in press).Adolescents’ disclosure and secrecy about online behavior: Links with cyber, relational, and overt aggression. Journal of Child and Family Studies.

Lee, C.S., & Goldstein, S. E. (2016). Loneliness, stress, and social support in young adulthood: Does the source of support matter?  Journal of Youth and Adolescence. 45, 568-580.

Goldstein, S. E. (2015). Parental regulation of online behavior and cyber aggression: Adolescents’ experiences and perspectives. Cyberpsychology: Journal of Psychosocial Research on Cyberspace 9, article 2.

Goldstein, S. E., Boxer, P., & Rudolph, E. (2015). Middle school transition stress: Links with academic performance, motivation, and school experiences. Contemporary School Psychology, 19, 21-29.

Goldstein, S. E.,  & Boxer, P. (2013). Parenting practices and the early socialization of relational aggression. Early Child Development and Care, 183, 1559-1575.

Goldstein, S. E. (2011). Relational aggression in emerging adults' friendships and romantic relationships. Personal Relationships, 18, 645-656.           

Goldstein, S. E., & Tisak, M. S. (2010). Early adolescents’ social reasoning about relational aggression. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 19, 471-482. 

Goldstein, S. E., Malanchuk, O., Davis-Kean, P. E., & Eccles, J. S. (2007). Risk factors for sexual harassment by peers:  A longitudinal investigation of African American and European American adolescents. Journal of Research on Adolescence, 17, 285-300.