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Research Group

Social Development and Family Processes

Selected Publications

Parenting and Parenting Beliefs

  • Smetana, J. G., Ball, C. L., & Yoo, H. (2019). Parenting and moral development. In M. Bornstein (Ed.), Handbook of Parenting, Vol. 5 (3rd edition). pp. 122-155. New York, NY: Routledge.
  • Smetana, J. G., & Jambon, M. (2018). Parenting, morality, and social development: New views on old questions. In C. C. Helwig (Ed.), New perspectives on moral development (pp. 121-130). New York NY: Taylor & Francis/Psychology Press.
  • Rote, W., & Smetana, J. G. (2017). Children’s and adolescents’ perceptions of maternal guilt induction: Variation by features of the inductive message. Developmental Psychology, 53, 1940-1953.
  • Smetana, J. G. (2017). Current research on parenting styles, opinions, and beliefs. Current Opinions in Psychology, 15, 19-25. doi: 10.1016/j.copsyc.2017.02.012
  • Smetana, J. G., & Ahmad, I. (2018). Heterogeneity in perceptions of parenting among refugee youth in Jordan. Child Development, 89, 1786-1802. doi: 10.1111/cdev.12844
  • Smetana, J., Robinson, J., & Rote, W. (2015). Socialization in adolescence. In J. E. Grusec & P.D. Hastings (Eds.), Handbook of socialization: Theory and Research, 2nd Ed. (pp. 60 – 84). New York: Guilford Press.

Adolescent-Parent Relationships

Recent Books

  • Smetana, J. G. (2011). Adolescents. families, and social development: How adolescents construct their worlds. West sussex, England: Wiley-Blackwell, Inc.
  • Amsel, E., & Smetana, J. G. (Eds., 2011). Adolescent vulnerabilities and opportunities: Constructivist and developmental perspectives. New York: Cambridge University Press.

Recent Journal Articles and Chapters

  • Smetana, J. G., Robinson, J., Bourne, S. V., & Wainryb, C. (2019). “I didn’t want to but then I told”: Adolescents’ narratives regarding disclosure, concealment, and lying. Developmental Psychology,55, 403-414. 
  • Rote, W. M., & Smetana, J. G. (2018). Within-family dyadic patterns of parental monitoring and adolescent information management. Developmental Psychology, 54, 2302-2315.
  • Smetana, J. G., & Ahmad, I. (2018). Heterogeneity in perceptions of parenting among refugee youth in Jordan. Child Development, 89, 1786-1802.
  • Campione-Barr, N. & Smetana, J. G. (2018). Families with adolescents. In B. H. Fiese (Ed.), APA Handbook of Contemporary Family Psychology: Foundations, Methods, and Changing Forms, Vol. 1. (pp. 593-609). Washington DC: American Psychological Association.
  • Smetana, J. G. (2018). The development of autonomy in adolescence: A social domain theory view. In B. Soenens, M., Vansteenkiste, & S. Van Petegem (Eds.), The meaning and role of autonomy in adolescent development: Towards conceptual clarity (pp. 53-73). New York, NY: Routledge.
  • Villalobos-Solis, M., Smetana, J. G., & Tasopoulos-Chan, M. (2016). Evaluations of conflicts between Latino values and autonomy desires among Puerto Rican adolescents. Child Development. Available online. doi: 10.1111/cdev.12687
  • Smetana, J. G., Ahmad, I., & Wray-Lake, L. (2016). Beliefs about parental authority legitimacy among refugee youth in Jordan: Between- and within-person variations. Developmental Psychology, 52, 484-495.
  • Rote, W. M., & Smetana, J. G. (2016). Beliefs about parents’ right to know: Domain distinctions and associations with change in concealment. Journal of Research on Adolescence, 26, 334-344.
  • Smetana, J. G., Ahmad, I., & Wray-Lake, L. (2015). Iraqi, Syrian, and Palestinian refugee adolescents’ beliefs about parental authority legitimacy and its correlates. Child Development, 86, 2017-2033.
  • Rote, W. M., & Smetana, J. G. (2015). Acceptability of information management strategies: Adolescents’ and parents’ judgments and links with adjustment and relationships. Journal of Research on Adolescence, 25, 490-505.
  • Smetana, J. G. (2015). Goals, goal pursuit, and adolescent-parent relationships. In P. Gollwitzer & G. Oettingen (Eds.), Self Regulation in Adolescence (pp. 243-265). New York: Cambridge University Press.
  • Villalobos, M.,  Smetana, J. G., & Comer, J. (2015). Associations among solicitation, relationship quality, and adolescents’ disclosure and secrecy with mothers and best friends. Journal of Adolescence, 43, 193-205.
  • Smetana, J. G., & Rote, W. (2015). What do mothers want to know about adolescents’ activities? Levels, trajectories, and correlates. Journal of Adolescence, 38, 5-15.
  • Smetana, J. G., Wong, M., Ball, C., & Yau, J. (2014). American and Chinese children’s evaluations of personal domain events and resistance to parental authority. Child Development, 85, 626-642.
  • Rote, W. M., Smetana, J. G., Campione-Barr, N., Villalobos, M., & Tasopoulos-Chan, M. (2012). Associations between observed mother-adolescent interactions and adolescents’ information management. Journal of Research on Adolescence, 22, 206-214.
  • Smetana, J. G. (2011). Adolescents, families, and social developmentHow adolescents construct their worlds. West Sussex, England: Wiley-Blackwell, Inc.
  • Amsel, E., & Smetana, J. G. (Eds., 2011). Adolescent vulnerabilities and opportunities: Constructivist and developmental perspectives. New York: Cambridge University Press.

Moral and Social Reasoning and Behavior

Recent Books

  • Killen, M., & Smetana, J. G. (Eds. 2014), Handbook of Moral Development, 2nd Edition, New York: Psychology Press.

Recent Journal Articles and Chapters

  • Yoo H., & Smetana, J. G. (2019). Children's moral judgments about psychological harm: Links among harm salience, victims' vulnerability, and child sympathy. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, 188, available online.
  • Smetana, J. G., & Ball, C. L. (2019). Heterogeneity in the patterning of children's moral judgments about different types of harm. Developmental Psychology, 55, 1150-1163.
  • Robinson, J., & Smetana, J. G. (2019). Emerging adults’ judgments of gender norms and gender inequality in relation to Mormon religious beliefs. Cognitive Development, 50, 118-129.
  • Jambon, M., & Smetana, J. G. (2019). Socialization of moral reasoning. In D. Laible, G. Carlo, & L. Padilla-Walker (Eds.), Oxford Handbook of Parenting and Moral Development. New York: Oxford University Press.
  • Jambon, M., & Smetana, J. G. (2018). Self-reported moral emotions and physical and relational aggression in childhood: A social domain approach. Child Development. Available online/
  • Smetana, J. G. (2018). Becoming moral: Introduction to the Special Issue on Early Moral Development. Human Development, 61, 209-213. doi: 10.1159/000492799
  • Smetana, J. G., Jambon, M., & Ball, C. (2018). Normative change and individual differences in early moral judgments: A constructivist developmental perspective. Human Development,61, 264–280.
  • Smetana, J. G., Ball, C. L., Jambon, M., & Yoo, H. (2018). Are young children’s preferences and evaluations of moral and conventional transgressors associated with domain distinctions in judgments? Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, 173, 284-303.
  • Jambon, M., & Smetana, J. (2018) Individual differences in prototypical moral and conventional judgments and children’s proactive and reactive aggression. Child Development, 89, 1343-1359.
  • Jambon, M., & Smetana, J. G. (2018). Callous-unemotional traits moderate the association between early moral judgments and aggression: A short-term longitudinal study. Developmental Psychology, 54, 903-915.
  • Smetana, J. G., & Ball, C. L. (2018). Young children’s moral judgments, justifications, and emotion attributions in peer relationship contexts. Child Development, 89, 2245-2263.
  • White, S. F., Zhao, H., Leong, K., Smetana, J. G., Nucci, L. P., & Blair, R. J. R. (2017) Neural correlates of conventional and harm/welfare-based moral decision-making. Cognitive, Affective and Behavioral Neuroscience, 7, 1114-1128.
  • Smetana, J. G., & Ball, C. L. (2017). Young children’s moral judgments, justifications, and emotion attributions in peer relationship contexts. Child Development. Available online. doi: 10.1111/cdev.12846
  • Jambon, M., & Smetana, J. (2017). Individual differences in prototypical moral and conventional judgments and children’s proactive and reactive aggression. Child Development. Available online. doi: 10.1111/cdev.12757
  • Ball, C., Smetana, J. G., & Sturge-Apple, M. (2016). Following my head and my heart: Integrating preschoolers’ empathy, false belief understanding, and moral judgments. Child Development, 26, 146-164. Available online. doi: 10.1111/cdev.12605
  • Kim, E. B., Chen, C., Smetana, J. G., & Greenberger, E. (2016). Does children’s moral compass waver under social pressure? Using the conformity paradigm to test preschoolers’ moral and social-conventional judgments. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, 150, 241-251.
  • Killen, M., & Smetana, J. G. (2015). Origins and development of morality. In M. Lamb (Ed.), Handbook of child psychology, Vol. 3, Social and emotional development (pp. 701-749).  (7th Ed., R. M. Lerner, Series Ed.). New York: Wiley/Blackwell Publishers.
  • Smetana, J. G., Jambon, M., & Ball, C. (2014). The social domain approach to children’s moral and social judgments. In M. Killen & J. G. Smetana (Eds.), Handbook of Moral Development, 2nd Edition (pp. 23-45). New York: Psychology Press.
  • Jambon, M., & Smetana, J. G. (2014). Moral complexity in middle childhood: Children’s evaluations of necessary harm. Developmental Psychology, 50, 22-33.
  • Shaw, L. A., Wainryb, C., & Smetana, J. G. (2014). Early and middle adolescents’ reasoning about moral and personal concerns in opposite sex interactions. Social Development, 23, 784-802.
  • Smetana, J. G. (2013). Young children’s moral and conventional understanding. In M. Benaji & S. Gelman (Eds.), Navigating the social world: What infants, children, and other species can teach us (pp. 352-355). New York: Oxford University Press.
  • Smetana, J. G., Jambon, M., Conry-Murray, C., & Sturge-Apple, M. (2012). Reciprocal associations between young children’s developing moral judgments and theory of mind. Developmental Psychology, 48, 1144-1155.