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Molly Weeks, Research Project Mgr, University

Molly Weeks

Research Summary:
Broadly, my research examines the influence of social experiences on emotional well-being in childhood, adolescence, and young adulthood, and can be categorized into two separate though related lines of inquiry. The first line of inquiry focuses on the conceptualization and assessment of loneliness and belongingness, with the aim of evaluating the viability of a conceptual distinction between the two constructs by examining the overlapping and distinct factors that influence each experience. The second line of inquiry focuses more specifically on loneliness, and how relationship expectations and experiences interact to produce feelings of loneliness for male and female youth.

For further information on the Duke Social Relationships Project, a four-year study examining social and academic experiences in college and their association with emotional well-being, see:

Representative Publications:   (More Publications)   (search)

  1. Weeks, MS; Zeveney, AS; Asher, SR; Blomquist, KK; Hoyle, RH; Leary, MR; Pontari, BA; Stetler, CA; Strauman, TJ; Stutts, LA; Terrell, DF "Changes in Depressive Symptoms in Response to a Significant Stressor in College."  Springer Science and Business Media LLC, December, 2021: 525-547. [doi]
  2. Hoyle, RH; Weeks, MS; The¬†Student Resilience and¬†Well-Bei, "The Student Resilience and Well-Being Project: Opportunities, Challenges, and Lessons Learned."  Springer Science and Business Media LLC, December, 2021: 669-690. [doi]
  3. Jenkins, A; Weeks, MS; Hard, BM "General and specific stress mindsets: Links with college student health and academic performance.."  January, 2021: e0256351. [doi]  [abs]
  4. Vanhalst, J; Soenens, B; Luyckx, K; Petegem, SV; Weeks, MS; Asher, SR "Why do the chronically lonely stay lonely? Chronically lonely children and adolescents attributions and emotions in situations of social inclusion and exclusion.."  American Psychological Association, November, 2015: 932-948. [doi]  [abs]
  5. Asher, SR; Weeks, MS "Loneliness and belongingness in the college years." Wiley-Blackwell handbook of solitude: Psychological perspectives on social isolation, social withdrawal, and being alone. Ed. Coplan, RJ; Bowker, JC WILEY-BLACKWELL, 2014: 283-301.

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