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Jennifer M. Wang

Jennifer M. Wang

PH.D., Human Development and Quantitative Methodology

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June 2014 - September 2015
Columbia University
Position
  • PostDoc Position
August 2008 - May 2014
University of Maryland, College Park
Position
  • Research Assistant
Education
August 2008 - May 2014
University of Maryland, College Park
Field of study
  • Human Development; Measurement, Statistics and Evaluation
August 2005 - May 2008
University of Southern California
Field of study
  • Psychology; Communication

Publications

Publications (15)
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Although personality is a powerful predictor of adjustment, its potential moderating effects have been less studied in youth. This investigation examined why some youth are more susceptible to the negative consequences of rejection sensitivity than others. Two separate studies tested the hypothesis that agreeableness moderates the links between rej...
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Loneliness is an adverse phenomenon that tends to peak during adolescence. As loneliness is a subjective state, it is different from the objective state of being alone. People’s attitudes toward being alone can be more or less negative or positive. Cultures differ in the form and meaning of social behavior, interpersonal relationships, and time spe...
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Youth aggression is a serious global issue, but research identifying personality traits associated with aggression has focused on adults. Little is known about whether similar associations exist during adolescence; even less is known about these associations across cultures. This study examined links between personality and physical aggression in U...
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Social withdrawal has been associated with internalizing difficulties across development. Although much is known about shyness, little is known about preference-for-solitude; even less is known about how preference-for-solitude might relate to youth depression in non-Western countries. Using structural equation modeling, this study examined the lin...
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Youth aggression is a serious global issue linked with criminal offenses, substance abuse, and mental health disorders (Rothon et al., 2011). Agreeableness and neuroticism are the strongest personality predictors of aggression among adults (Miller & Lynam, 2001). Social-cognitive theories (Crick & Dodge, 1994) suggest they differentially predict ag...
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Maes, M., Wang, J. M., Van den Noortgate, W., & Goossens, L. (2016). Loneliness and attitudes toward being alone in Belgian and Chinese Adolescents: Examining measurement invariance. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 25, 1408-1415. doi:10.1007/s10826-015-0336-y Maes, M., Klimstra, T., Van den Noortgate, W., & Goossens, L. (2015). Factor structur...
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Maes, M., Wang, J. M., Van den Noortgate, W., & Goossens, L. (2016). Loneliness and attitudes toward being alone in Belgian and Chinese Adolescents: Examining measurement invariance. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 25, 1408-1415. doi:10.1007/s10826-015-0336-y
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Given the lack of psychometric research on friendship measures in non-Western countries, this study examined the psychometric properties of the Chinese version of the network relationship inventory-social provision version (NRI-SPV-C) in a sample of 200 young adolescents living in China (91 boys; M age = 13.21 years). Results from confirmatory fact...
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Although much is known about peer victimization, the majority of the longitudinal research in this area has been restricted to Western settings. The main objective of this study was to examine the interpersonal (rejection) and personal (withdrawal, aggression) antecedents and consequences of victimization for Chinese children living in Hong Kong. A...
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Social withdrawal has been associated with adjustment difficulties across development. Although much is known about shyness, little is known about preference-for-solitude; even less is known about its relations with adjustment across different periods of adolescence. We examined whether preference-for-solitude might be differentially associated wit...
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Behavioral inhibition (BI), a temperamental disposition to react with anxiety and distress in the face of unfamiliar social and nonsocial situations, has been associated with maladjustment like anxiety across development. Although much is known about inhibited children’s responses to social and nonsocial novelty, little is known about how they beha...
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Although research has consistently demonstrated links between social withdrawal and maladjustment across development (Rubin & Coplan, 2004), the majority of this research has focused on shyness. As such, very little is known about preference-for-solitude (PFS), the non-fearful disposition to prefer solitude over social interactions, across developm...
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Although much is known about the consequences of rejection sensitivity (RS), less is known about its social antecedents, particularly during development. Despite research demonstrating the role of peer rejection in the development and maintenance of problematic social schema like RS, little is known about why some youth are more susceptible to thes...
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The current study explored how prosocial behavior may moderate how aggression is related to the features of adolescents’ friendships. Young adolescents (N= 910) completed friendship nominations in the fall and spring of their first year of middle school. Behavioral nominations of aggression and prosocial behavior were also collected in the fall. A...

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