Elizabeth Englander, PhD (Executive Director and Founder, Massachusetts Aggression Reduction Center, Professor of Psychology, Bridgewater State University), discusses how the intensity of girl friendships also intensifies experiences with cyberbullying at #AskTheExperts webinar “Mirror, Mirror, in My Palm: Girls and Media” on September 7, 2022.
[Dr. Elizabeth Englander]: You know, one of the things that we find in my lab is that the intensity of the relationships between girls is quite different from the intensity of the relationships between boys. That girls tend to have strong, supportive relationships with other girls. They tend to be more invested in these relationships. They tend to be more interested in these relationships and to some extent that lends itself to social problems as well, because then social problems like cyberbullying tend to be more intense as well. So a lot of the conflicts and cyberbullying that we see that is different for girls specifically follows a lot of what we see between girls in person. So we may find, for example, that kids get into a bullying situation and that boys sort of get past it more quickly and that girls tend to be more intense about it.
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How does online media affect girls' mental and physical health as they navigate through the increasingly tricky waters of social media and digital interactions?
Elizabeth Englander, PhD
Executive Director and Founder; Professor of Psychology
Lisa Damour, PhD
Meenakshi Gigi Durham, PhD
Professor and Collegiate Scholar,
Sophia Choukas-Bradley, PhD
Assistant Professor of Psychology; Director,
Lanice Avery, PhD
Assistant Professor of Psychology and Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies; Director