My research program examines the contributions of peers and friends to adolescent development and adjustment. I am also interested in the way developmental issues and life choices reflect gender and gender-role expectations. Recents research projects have focused on body image and appearance teasing as contexts for understanding the influence of peers and gender on the well-being of adolescents.
PhD, Wayne State University, 1980
Jones, D.C. & Crawford, J. (2006). The peer appearance culture during adolescence: Gender and body mass variation. Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 35.
Jones, D. C., Newman, J.B., & Bautista, S. (2005). A three-factor model of teasing: The influence of friendship, gender, and topic on expected emotional reactions to teasing during early adolescence. Social Development, 14, 421-439.
Jones, D.C., & Crawford, J. (2005). Adolescent boys and body image: Weight and muscularity concerns as dual pathways to body dissatisfaction. Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 34, 629-636.
Jones, D.C. (2004). Body image among adolescent girls and boys: A longitudinal study. Developmental Psychology, 40, 823-835.
Jones, D.C., Vigfusdottir, T., & Lee, Y. (2004). Body image and the appearance culture among adolescent girls and boys: An examination of friend conversations, peer criticism, appearance magazines, and the internalization of appearance ideals. Journal of Adolescent Research.
Jones, D.C. (2001). Social comparison and body image: Attractiveness comparisons to models and peers among adolescent girls and boys. Sex Roles, 45, 645-664.