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Welcome to the Social Development Lab at the University of Nebraska at Omaha!

Research in the Social Development Lab in the Department of Psychology at the University of Nebraska at Omaha uses a developmental framework to study various forms of aggressive behavior and victimization, interpersonal relationships (broadly defined) and other social behaviors.

Specifically, our research team and collaborators have been investigating the etiology of relational aggression in early childhood and beyond. In addition, recent investigations have been concerned with electronic aggression and victimization, including examinations of the overlap between traditional schoolyard aggression and victimization and electronic forms. Our projects also study the formation of friendships, peer relationships, prosocial behavior and adjustment problems in different developmental periods. Our focus on interpersonal relationships has also led to some fruitful collaborations with colleagues on inter-ethnic group perceptions and relations. Welcome to our web page, if you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us.