Antonius H N Cillessen

Antonius H N Cillessen
Radboud University | RU · Behavioural Science Institute

PhD

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Introduction
Professor of Psychology in the Behavioural Science Institute at Radboud University in Nijmegen, The Netherlands. Previously at the University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT, USA.
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September 2006 - present
Radboud University
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  • Professor (Full) of Psychology
September 1994 - August 2006
University of Connecticut
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  • Professor (Associate)
February 1991 - August 1994
Duke University
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  • PostDoc Position

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Publications (280)
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Awareness that high-status adolescents can be targets of aggression has grown in recent years. However, questions remain about the associations of the confluence of victimization and popularity with adjustment. The current study fills this gap by examining the joint and unique effects of victimization and popularity on aggression and alcohol use. P...
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A paradox of testosterone effects is seen in adolescents vs. adults in social emotional approach-avoidance behavior. During adolescence, high testosterone levels are associated with increased anterior prefrontal (aPFC) involvement in emotion control, whereas during adulthood this neuro-endocrine relation is reversed. Rodent work shows that, during...
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An important part of children’s social experiences takes place in the context of school. For a substantial number of years in the first decade or so of their lives (i.e., “elementary school” years), young children spend a considerable number of hours each day in the presence of classroom peers, guided by teachers. This chapter focuses on these two...
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Callous-unemotional (CU) traits predict behavioral problems in adolescence. But little is known about early modulatory factors. Behavioral Inhibition (BI) in particular has been suggested to protect against the development of CU-traits. This temperamental predisposition is characterized by heightened environmental sensitivity. The current prospecti...
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Temperament involves stable behavioral and emotional tendencies that differ between individuals, which can be first observed in infancy or early childhood and relate to behavior in many contexts and over many years.1 One of the most rigorously characterized temperament classifications relates to the tendency of individuals to avoid the unfamiliar a...
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The present study investigated the joint impact of co-occupants and codefendants criminal behavior on adolescent criminal behavior using official Dutch police records. Co-occupant and co-defendant criminal behavior were used as proxies for family and peer criminal behavior, respectively. Data spanning 8 years (2010–2017) were analyzed from 56,802 a...
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Background Cognitive biases are found to play a role in the onset and maintenance of social anxiety. However, particularly in adolescence, the link between different biases and their role in predicting social anxiety is far from clear. This study therefore investigated the interplay between attention bias and interpretation bias in relation to soci...
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This study aimed to shed light on the prevalence of chronic peer victimisation among Dutch elementary school children and factors associated with (non-)disclosure of such experiences by victims. 5,961 students from 73 schools participated (51.5% male; Mage = 9.96; 77.7% native Dutch). Results showed that 12.3% of all children were victimised chroni...
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Introduction: Individual social status among peers (i.e., acceptance and rejection) has important implications for students’ social and academic development. The present study investigates the role of individual problem behavior and classroom norms in the development of acceptance and rejection among students with intellectual disabilities (ID) in...
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The goal of this study was to investigate the transactional link between the affective quality of teacher-student relations and students' externalizing behavior in upper elementary education. We studied teacher support and conflict separately and examined whether associations differed for boys and girls. Data were collected from 1452 Dutch fifth gr...
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Status among peers likely continues to play a role in social functioning and well-being beyond adolescence. This study examined how emerging adults in tertiary education defined popularity, and their beliefs regarding aggressive and prosocial behaviors affording status. The role of status motivation, own status, and gender in these definitions and...
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This dataset contains the supporting files for the study Malamut, S. T., Dawes, M., van den Berg, Y. H. M., Lansu, T. A. M., Schwartz, D. & Cillessen, A. H. N. (2021). Adolescent victim types across the popularity status hierarchy: Differences in internalizing symptoms. Journal of Youth and Adolescence. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10964-021-01498-w
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Previous studies have called attention to the fact that popular youth are not immune to peer victimization, suggesting there is heterogeneity in the popularity of victims. Yet, no study to date has determined whether victims with different levels of popularity status can be identified using person-oriented analysis. Such analysis is critically need...
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The aim of this longitudinal study was to investigate emerging adults’ mental health before and during the COVID-19 pandemic, and whether social support from mothers, fathers, and best friends moderated the change in mental health. Participants were 98 emerging adults (46% men) who were assessed prior to COVID-19 (Mage = 20.60 years) and during the...
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This dataset contains the supporting files for the study Laninga-Wijnen, L., van den Berg, Y. H. M., Mainhard, T., & Cillessen, A. H. N. (2021). The role of aggressive peer norms in elementary school children’s perceptions of classroom peer climate and school adjustment. Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 50, 1582-1600. https://doi.org/10.1007/s1096...
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Children and adolescents with intellectual disabilities (ID) exhibit low levels of adaptive behaviors (i.e., conceptual , social, and practical skills). In typical development such competences are learned in part from peers at school. Less is known about such influence from classmates in students with ID. We investigated classroom-level peer effect...
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Although prior research has indicated that peer norms for aggression enhance the spread of aggression in classrooms, it is unclear to date how these norms relate to students’ classroom climate perceptions and school adjustment. Aggressive descriptive norms reflect the average aggression of all students in classrooms, whereas aggressive popularity n...
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Background Students with intellectual disabilities (ID) exhibit increased rates of problem behaviors compared to those without ID. Aims Given the evidence of peer influence in typical development, we examined the impact of classmates’ characteristics on problem behaviors of students with ID. We expected higher levels of problem behaviors in specia...
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A wide variety of methodological choices and situations can affect the quality of peer nomination measurements but have not received adequate study. This article begins by focusing on systematic nominator missingness as an example of one such situation. We reanalyzed findings from a recent study by Bukowski, Dirks, Commisso, Velàsquez, and Lopez in...
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The present study examined the relationship between developmental patterns of loneliness and psychosocial functioning among adolescents (9–21 years; N = 110, 52% male). Four-wave longitudinal data were obtained from the Nijmegen Longitudinal Study (NLS) on Infant and Child Development. Loneliness was measured at 9, 13, 16, and 21 years of age and a...
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The goal of this study was to advance the conceptualization and measurement of adolescent popularity by exploring the commonly used composite score (popularity minus unpopularity). We used standardized peer nominations from 4,414 early adolescents (ages ≈ 12-14 years) from three samples collected in two countries. Popularity and unpopularity were s...
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This dataset contains the supporting files for the study Laninga-Wijnen, L., van den Berg, Y. H., Mainhard, T., & Cillessen, A. H. (2021). The Role of Defending Norms in Victims’ Classroom Climate Perceptions and Psychosocial Maladjustment in Secondary School. Research on child and adolescent psychopathology, 49, 169-184. https://doi.org/10.1007/s...
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This dataset contains the supporting files for the study Malamut, S. T., van den Berg, Y. H., Lansu, T. A., & Cillessen, A. H. (2020). Dyadic nominations of bullying: Comparing types of bullies and their victims. Aggressive Behavior, 46(3), 232-243. doi:10.1002/ab.21884 All data files and supportive information can be found on https://doi.org/10.17...
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This study investigated how teachers’ self-efficacy for intervening in social dynamics and teacher-student relationships directly impact students’ self-esteem, and indirectly buffer the negative association between both bullying and victimization and students’ self-esteem. Teachers play a key role in shaping the peer relations in the classroom, and...
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This dataset contains the supporting files for the study Geukens, F., Spithoven, A. Pouwels, J. L., Danneel, S., Cillessen, A.H.N., van den Berg, Y. H. M., Goossens, L. (2020). Patterns of change in adolescent loneliness: Associations with concomitant changes in fear of negative evaluation and self-esteem. International Journal of Behavioral Devel...
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To ease the transition to university, preparation in secondary school is often seen as a first step. This study investigated longitudinal relationships between teacher practices in secondary education (i.e., emotional support, autonomy support, and student-centred teacher practices) and first-year students’ academic achievement and social and emoti...
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Adolescents’ popularity and popularity goal have been shown to be related to their aggression and alcohol use. As intervention efforts increasingly aim to focus on prosocial alternatives for youth to gain status, it is essential to have a comprehensive understanding of how popularity and popularity goal are associated with aggression and substance...
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This study explored the content and nature of teachers’ knowledge and perceptions of their students. The knowledge and perceptions of seven Dutch secondary school teachers regarding the same 33 students in one second-year school class were studied. Each teacher was invited to tell (in 60 s per student) how he/she perceived and what he/she knew abou...
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In two independent studies, we aimed to examine the extent to which teacher and peer nominations of loneliness are associated with children's and adolescents' self-reported loneliness, respectively. Additionally, we examined whether loneliness nominations from teachers and peers were informative above and beyond peer status and social behaviors ass...
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The aim of this prospective longitudinal study was to examine emerging adults’ mental health problems during the COVID-19 pandemic, while taking into account pre-existing problems as well as social support from close others. Participants were 85 emerging adults (46% boys) who were assessed prior to COVID-19 (February-September 2018; Mage = 20.60 ye...
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Adolescents play video games as a social leisure activity, yet it is unclear whether peer influences play a role in spreading violent video game exposure (VVE) and aggression. It has been suggested that adolescents' aggression increases because of their friend's exposure to violent video games. This study tests this suggestion by using longitudinal...
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Students in the social margins of their classroom peer group, in the current study operationalized as students who are often by themselves, do not belong to a group of friends, and are unpopular, are hampered in their social development. In line with social referencing, which states that teachers can affect peer perceptions through their interactio...
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Although the importance of critical thinking skills for students when they enter university is widely endorsed, previous research has shown that incoming students show great variation in levels of critical thinking skills. The pre-university track of secondary education plays a major role in preparing students to think critically at university. The...
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This dataset contains the supporting files for the study Pouwels, J. L., Hanish, L. D., Smeekens, S., Cillessen, A. H. N., van den Berg, Y. H. M. (2019). Predicting the development of victimization from early childhood internalizing and externalizing behavior. Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology, 62, 294-305. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.appd...
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Current theories of loneliness posit that biases in social information processing play a key role in the development and maintenance of loneliness. However, this assumption has rarely been tested in longitudinal research in adolescence. The current study concentrated on two constructs associated with such biases, that is, fear of negative evaluatio...
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Introduction: A systematic meta-analysis was conducted of the association between preference and popularity across childhood and adolescence. The role of development, sex, and region of the world were examined. Method: The analysis was conducted on 135 samples including 136,014 participants. The samples were divided by age (upper grades primary...
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Peer preference among classmates is a highly influential factor in children’s social development and not being preferred by peers has long-term consequences for children’s developmental outcomes. However, little is known about how a history of low peer preference during primary school is associated with neural responses to a new social exclusion ex...
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This dataset contains the supporting files for the study van den Berg, Y. H. M., & Cillessen, A. H. (2015).Peer status and classroom seating arrangements: A social relations analysis. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, 130, 19-34. doi:10.1016/j.jecp.2014.09.007 All data files and supportive information can be found on https://easy.dans.kna...
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This dataset contains the supporting files for the study Van den Berg, Y. H. M., Deutz, M. H. F., Smeekens, S., & Cillessen, A. H. N.. (2017). Developmental pathways to preference and popularity in middle childhood. Child Development, 88, 1629-1641. doi:10.1111/cdev.12706 All data files and supportive information can be found on https://easy.dan...
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This dataset contains the supporting files for the study van den Berg, Y. H., Burk, W. J., & Cillessen, A. H. (2019). The functions of aggression in gaining, maintaining, and losing popularity during adolescence: A multiple-cohort design. Developmental psychology, 55, 2159-2168. doi:10.1037/dev0000786 All datafiles and supportive information can...
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This study examined whether teachers’ perceptions of students’ behavior (referring to halo effects) and the behavior of teacher‐perceived friends (referring to association effects) influenced teachers’ ability to recognize students identified as bullies, victims, and prosocial by their peers. Data came from 1,458 children (M age = 10.5, 47.5% girls...
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INTRODUCTION. A systematic meta-analysis was conducted of the association between preference and popularity across adolescence. The role of development, sex, and region of the world were examined. METHOD. The analysis was conducted on 134 samples including 135,633 participants. The samples were divided by age (upper grades primary school, k = 40; l...
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Previous studies indicate that when identifying individuals involved in bullying, the concordance between self‐ and peer‐ reports is low to moderate. There is support that self‐ and peer‐ identified victims constitute distinct types of victims and differ in adjustment. Likewise, differentiating between self‐ and peer‐ reports of bullying may also r...
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Children who are more proficient in cooperation with peers tend to be more preferred. To date, the development of peer cooperation has been studied mainly in two research traditions, one focusing on action coordination and the other focusing on interaction quality. Both aspects of cooperation are relevant for children's peer relations, but it is un...
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Teachers' efforts to manage classroom social dynamics can have positive effects on students' social relationships. One way in which teachers may seek to manage these relationships is through seating arrangements. In a randomized control trial, van den Berg, Segers, and Cillessen (2012) found that closer proximity in the classroom can reduce disliki...
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Background: Popular indivuals are usually academically high achiveving and also often leaders. Children with developmental disabilities are usually not popular among their peers. In dyadic cooperative tasks, the popular member is often the leader, as shown by self-reports and observational research. It is unknown whether this macro-level behaviour...
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This study examined associations between perceived popularity trajectories and changes in proactive and reactive aggression in middle adolescence. The sample included 1,374 adolescents from 5 cohorts who were followed from Grade 7 to Grade 9 (49% males, Mage = 12.67 years, SD = .67). Popularity trajectories were identified based on initial status a...
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Peer preference among classmates is a highly influential factor in children’s social development and not being preferred by peers has long-term consequences for children’s developmental outcomes. However, little is known about how a history of low peer preference during primary school is associated with neural responses to a new social exclusion ex...
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Individuals differ in their physiological and behavioral stress responses. Alterations in these responses have been associated with mental and physical health. Therefore, it is important to understand how stress responses develop. This study investigated whether in a healthy, non-risk population, 6-year-old’s physiological (cortisol) and behavioral...
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The aim of this 8-year longitudinal study was to predict children's (n = 96) level of self-reported victimization at age 9 and their development of victimization from age 9 to 13 from parent-reported and teacher-reported internalizing and externalizing behaviors at age 5. We also examined whether ego-resiliency was a protective factor in these asso...
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Playing video games during adolescence has been linked to both positive and negative outcomes, but it remains unclear which specific aspects of gaming behavior are associated with adjustment. The current study examines the association between distinct aspects of video game play behavior and adolescent adjustment. We focused on five aspects, namely,...
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Adolescence is a critical period for social orientation to peers and for developing social skills in interactions with peers. In the current study we examined the neural correlates of prosocial decisions for friends and disliked peers, and their links with participants' friendship quality and empathy as indices of social competence. Participants’ f...
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Background: Childhood peer victimization is a stressful life experience associated with long-lasting adverse psychological consequences. While there is some evidence that victimization is associated with alterations in brain function, little is known about effects on brain structure. This study explored the relationships between childhood peer vict...
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Volgens de sociale-referentietheorie gebruiken klasgenoten interacties tussen de leerkracht en leerlingen om hun eigen beeld van die leerling te vormen. Deze studie heeft deze theorie getoetst, waarbij het verband tussen leerkrachtinteractie met een leerling en sociale status van deze leerling gemedieerd wordt door de percepties die klasgenoten heb...
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Lack of awareness of one’s negative social reputation is linked to aggressive behavior among older school-age children. The present study extends this research to the first year of elementary school. The first goal was to compare generalized and dyadic perspectives in studying discrepancies between children’s actual and perceived rejection. The sec...
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Cooperative learning is an effective means for the acquisition of academic performance. It is an established fact that collaborating members should be operating in one another’s zone of proximal development to attain optimal performance. One variable that plays an as-yet unknown role in collaborative success is the leader-follower distinction. In t...
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Children with a neurodevelopmental disorder, such as autism, ADHD and dyslexia, often experience learning problems. However, many of them also experience problems with postural control. One potential explanation is that this is the result of a deficit in the cerebellum, which may result in a timing deficit. In the present study, we examined one suc...
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Many adolescents play video games together with their friends for multiple hours per week. The way in which peers play games may influence their interactions and relationship. Research has shown distinct effects of competitive and cooperative play on aggression, prosocial behavior, and feelings of empathy and trust. The current study investigated t...
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Given the long‐lasting detrimental effects of internalizing symptoms, there is great need for detecting early risk markers. One promising marker is freezing behavior. Whereas initial freezing reactions are essential for coping with threat, prolonged freezing has been associated with internalizing psychopathology. However, it remains unknown whether...
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Bullying is a group process in which youths have different roles (bully, assistant, reinforcer, defender, outsider, victim). Although many studies have examined the group process of bullying in childhood, few have examined the group process of bullying in adolescence. This paper addresses how the group process of bullying is different in adolescenc...
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In peer nomination research, individuals who do not provide nominations (nonparticipants) are often included on rosters as potential nominees. This can present ethical questions regarding informed consent, but psychometric consequences of excluding nonparticipants from rosters are unknown. In this investigation, Study 1 simulated both random and sy...
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This study examined the degree to which internalizing symptoms predict adolescent friendship instability. A total of 397 adolescents identified 499 same‐sex reciprocated friendships that originated in the seventh grade (M = 13.18 years). Discrete‐time survival analyses were conducted with Grade 7 peer, teacher, and self‐reports of internalizing sym...
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The goal of this study was to examine differences in university success between first-year students by analyzing three domains simultaneously: students’ academic achievement, critical thinking disposition, and social–emotional adjustment to university life. Participants were 307 students who completed an online questionnaire. Latent class cluster a...
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Although the topic of forgiveness has been studied extensively among adults, little is known about the factors that are associated with children’s forgiveness. The current research addressed the question whether a child’s social status in the classroom is related to the tendency to forgive offending peers. We particularly focused on two types of st...