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Psychological Sciences Faculty

Thomas BerndtThomas Berndt

Professor, Developmental

Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Administration, HHS

Mailing Address:
Department of Psychological Sciences
Purdue University
703 Third Street
West Lafayette, IN 47907-2081 USA

Campus Address:
Psychological Sciences, Room 1250

E-mail: berndt@purdue.edu
Telephone: (765) 494-7692

Degree: Ph.D. (1975) Institute of Child Development, University of Minnesota; B.A. (1971) Department of Psychology, Harvard University

Research Interests:

My interest is in the social development of children and adolescents.  I study friendships, processes of peer influence, and moral reasoning about social relationships.

Recent Publications:

Berndt, T. J. (2002).  Friendship quality and social development.  Current Directions in Psychological Science, 11, 7-10. PDF-Text

Berndt, T. J. & Murphy, L. M. (2002).  Influences of friends and friendships: Myths, truths, and research recommendations.  Advances in Child Development and Behavior, 30, 275-310. PDF-Text

Berndt, T. J. (2004).  Children’s friendships: Shifts over a half-century in perspectives on their development and their effects.  Merrill Palmer Quarterly, 50, 206-223.

Berndt, T. J. (2004).  Friendship and three A’s (aggression, adjustment, and attachment).  Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, 88, 1-4.

Mathur, R. & Berndt, T. J. (2006).  Relations of friends’ activities to friendship quality.  Journal of Early Adolescence, 26, 365-388. PDF-Text

Berndt, T. J. & McCandless, M. A. (2008). Methods for investigating children’s relationships with friends. In K. H. Rubin, W. M. Bukowski, & B. Laursen (Eds.), Handbook of peer interactions, relationships, and groups (pp. 63-81). New York: Guilford Publications, Inc.