Social Aggression, Social Media, and the Perils of Lurking Online

August 21, 2018 (10 a.m. – 11 a.m.)


Child Development and Behavior Branch (CDBB), Division of Extramural Research (DER), NICHD


6710B Rockledge Drive, Room 2431, Bethesda, Maryland


Marion K. Underwood, Ph.D., serves as Dean of the College of Health and Human Sciences at Purdue University. Dr. Underwood’s research examines developmental origins and outcomes of social aggression, and how digital communication affects the relationships of teenagers. Dr. Underwood’s work has been published in numerous scientific journals and her research has been supported by the National Institutes of Health since 1995. In 2003, she authored a book, Social Aggression among Girls

Social aggression, also called relational aggression, involves hurting other people by harming their relationships and social status by social exclusion, friendship manipulation, and malicious gossip. Dr. Underwood’s presentation will describe the results of an NICHD-funded longitudinal study that examined origins and outcomes of social aggression from ages 9 through 18. For part of the study, participants used smart phones configured to capture the content of their digital communication, text messaging, and Facebook use, thus providing a window into adolescent peer culture. The presentation will conclude with a discussion of how youth use text messaging and social media, and how digital communication relates to psychological adjustment for adolescents.

This presentation is part of the Advances in Child Development and Behavior Research Speaker Series, supported by the CDBB.

If you require a sign language interpreter and/or other reasonable accommodations, please contact Laureen Lee.


Limited seating will be available on-site, but the meeting will be videocast live at


Laureen Lee, CDBB, DER, NICHD
Tel: (301) 496-5578

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