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Steven R. Asher, Professor

Steven R. Asher
Contact Info:
Office Location:  240
Office Phone:  (919) 660-5773
Email Address:   send me a message
Web Page:   https://duke.box.com/SteveAsherCV

Teaching (Fall 2017):

  • Psy 202.01, Res meth psycholog sci Synopsis
    Soc/psych 319, MW 03:05 PM-04:20 PM
Education:

Ph.D.University of Wisconsin at Madison1972
M.A.University of Wisconsin at Madison1968
MA Psychology (Social)University of Wisconsin, Madison1968
B.A.Rutgers University1966
BA in Psychology (with honors)Rutgers--The State University, Newark1966
Specialties:

Developmental Psychology
Research Interests: Peer Relations and Social Competence

My research interests center on social development in childhood, early adolescence, and the college years with a focus on the conceptualization and assessment of relationship competence and relationship outcomes among youth and young adults. This focus includes: (1) studies of the goals children and college students pursue in response to interpersonal conflict and other challenging social tasks; (2) studies of how social relationships influence feelings of loneliness and belonging in elementary school, middle school, and college; (3) research on how maladaptive beliefs about friendship play a role in college students' relationship adjustment. As part of this program of research, my graduate students, and on-campus collaborators in Duke University's Division of Student Affairs have completed a four-year longitudinal study of the connections between social relationships, alcohol use, academic engagement, and feelings of well-being in college. Currently I am engaged in a four-year collaborative study with scholars and academic professionals on four campuses (Davidson, Duke, Furman, and Johnson C. Smith) that focuses on a wide range of psychological processes and outcomes in college student development. This research is supported by funding the The Duke Endowment.

Duties:

Asher Lab
Curriculum Vitae
Current Ph.D. Students   (Former Students)

Representative Publications   (More Publications)   (search)

  1. Asher, S. R., Parker, J. G., & Walker, D. L. "Distinguishing friendship from acceptance: Implications for intervention and assessment." The company they keep: Friendship during childhood and adolescence. Ed. W. M. Bukowski, A. F. Newcomb, & W. W. Hartup New York: Cambridge University Press, 1996: 366-405.
  2. Erdley, CA; Asher, SR (1996). Children's social goals and self-efficacy perceptions as influences on their responses to ambiguous provocation. Child Development, 67(4), 1329-1344.  [abs]
  3. Asher, SR; Rose, AJ "Promoting children’s social-emotional development with peers." Emotional development and emotional literacy. Ed. Salovry, P; Sluyter, D Basic Books, 1997: 196-224.
  4. Asher, SR; Hopmeyer, A "Loneliness in childhood." Children’s needs II: Development, problems and alternatives. Ed. Bear, GG; Minke, KM; Thomas, A National Association of School Psychologists, 1997: 279-292.
  5. Rose, AJ; Asher, SR (1999). Children's goals and strategies in response to conflicts within a friendship. Developmental Psychology, 35(1), 69-79.  [abs]
  6. Rudolph, KD; Asher, SR "Adaptation and maladaptation in the peer system." Handbook of developmental psychopathology. Ed. Sameroff, AJ; Lewis, M; Miller, SM 2nd Ed.Plenum Press, 2000: 157-175.
  7. Asher, S.R., Rose, A.J. & Gabriel, S.W. "Peer rejection in everyday life." Interpersonal rejection. Ed. M. Leary New York: Oxford University Press, 2001: 105-142.
  8. Guerra, VS; Asher, SR; DeRosier, ME (2004). Effect of children’s perceived rejection on physical aggression. Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, 32(5), 551-563. [15500033]  [abs]
  9. Rose, AJ; Asher, SR (2004). Children's strategies and goals in response to help-giving and help-seeking tasks within a friendship. Child Development, 75(3), 749-763. [doi]  [abs]
  10. Troop Gordon, W; Asher, SR (2005). Modifications in children's goals when encountering obstacles to conflict resolution. Child Development, 76(3), 568-582. [doi]  [abs]
  11. Asher, SR; McDonald, KL "The behavioral basis of acceptance, rejection, and perceived popularity." The handbook of peer interactions, relationships, and groups. Ed. Rubin, KH; Bukowski, W; Laursen, B Gilford, 2009: 232-248.
  12. Asher, S.R., MacEvoy, J.P., & McDonald, K.L. "Children's peer relations, social competence, and school adjustment: A social tasks and social goals perspectives.." Advances in Achievement and Motivation, Vol. 15: Social psychological perspectives. Ed. M.L. Maehr, S. Karabenick, & T. Urdan Bingley, UK: Emerald, 2008: 357-390.
  13. MacEvoy, JP; Asher, SR (2012). When friends disappoint: Boys’ and girls’ responses to transgressions of friendship expectations. Child Development, 83(1), 104-119. [doi]  [abs]
  14. Mcdonald, KL; Asher, SR (2013). College students' revenge goals across friend, romantic partner, and roommate contexts: The role of interpretations and emotions. Social Development, 22(3), 499-521. [doi]  [abs]
  15. Asher, SR; Guerry, W; McDonald, KL "Children as friends." The SAGE handbook of child research. Ed. Melton, GB; Ben-Arieh, A; Cashmore, J; Goodman, GS; Worley, NK SAGE, 2014: 169-194.

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