Emerging Scholar Best Article Award, 2017
Emerging Scholar Best Article Award, 2017
Roger J. R. Levesque 0
0 Indiana University , 302 Sycamore Hall, Bloomington, IN , USA
1 Roger J. R. Levesque
The editors of the Journal of Youth and Adolescence are
very pleased to announce the 2017 recipient of its Emerging
Scholar Best Article Award. This award goes to the article’s
lead author, who must be an “emerging scholar” (i.e., an
untenured researcher, such as a graduate student,
postdoctoral scholar, research scientist, or assistant professor).
The recipient of the award is selected by a random group of
editorial board members who evaluate a volume’s
manuscripts on the basis of their innovative and substantive
contributions to the empirical understanding of adolescence.
In addition to receiving the recognition from colleagues, the
winner receives a financial award generously provided by
Springer, the journal’s publisher.
The 2017 winner is Chia-chen Yang, for her article
entitled “Online self-presentation on Facebook and self
development during the college transition,” which was
coauthored with Bradford Brown
(Yang and Brown, 2016)
Their study focused on youth’s self-presentation as they
transition to a residential college and adjust to their new
environment. The authors found that students become less
guarded in their self-presentation after they spend some
time in the university. Although becoming less guarded
may be seen as problematic, it turns out that revealing
diverse and deep aspects of one’s life, and doing so while
remaining positive and authentic, invites supportive
feedback, which associates with self-esteem. That feedback may
explain why, in the long run, students’ self-esteem receives
a boost when they think carefully about their online
self-presentations. Yang and Brown’s line of research
reveals the importance of social networking sites in easing
significant developmental transitions as they allow youth to
claim a sense of identity through social connections.
The journal’s editors view receiving the award as a
considerably distinctive accomplishment. The journal
publishes 12 issues per year, each typically containing about 16
manuscripts. In addition, it is notable that, every year, more
and more first authors no longer are emerging scholars. This
means that there fewer emerging scholars qualify to be
considered. These shifts in authorship may be seen as
reducing the competitiveness of the award. However, these
developments actually make the process even more
competitive for emerging scholars, as they have increased
competition to get published in the journal in the first place.
In fact, the majority of submissions (from emerging scholars
and others alike) now are “desk rejected”.
The selection process resulted in a pool of very
impressive articles. This is similar to prior years
Levesque 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015a, 2016a)
. Unlike prior
years, however, there appears to be much less variation in
the range of topics that emerged. In fact, all of the articles
selected from each journal issue are notable for their focus
on relationships and their influence on development. Some
focus on youth’s social experiences in different social
(Baglivio et al 2016)
and the nature of school
(Bottiani et al. 2016; Poteat et al. 2016;
Tanner-Smith and Fisher 2016)
. Others examined
developmental influences of peers
(Greischel et al. 2016)
(Boisvert and Poulin 2016)
, the media
(McLean et al. 2016)
and parents (
Hannigan et al. 2016
Korelitz and Garber (2016)
as well as perceptions of being
(Maes et al 2016)
and of being involved in unwanted
(Festl and Quandt, 2016)
. Focusing on the
general topics of the manuscripts, however, misses one of
their most important features. The studies are marked by
increasing complexity, particularly in the number of factors
that they address to help ensure robustness and replicability
(see Levesque, 2015b, 2016b)
On behalf of the journal’s editorial board, I would like to
congratulate Professor Chia-chen Yang and her colleague,
Professor Bradford Brown. Their recognition comes at a
remarkable time in the growth of our journal and field.
Compliance with Ethical Standards
Conflict of Interest The author declares that he has no competing
Roger J. R. Levesque is Professor of Criminal Justice and (Affiliate)
Law, Indiana University. He serves as Editor-in-Chief of the Journal
of Youth and Adolescence and the Adolescent Research Review. He
also is editor of the Advancing Responsible Adolescent Development
Baglivio , M. T. , Wolff , K. T. , Piquero , A. R. , Bilchik , S. , Jackowski , K. , Greenwald , M. A. , & Epps , N. ( 2016 ). Maltreatment, child welfare, and recidivism in a sample of deep-end crossover youth . Journal of Youth and Adolescence , 45 ( 4 ), 625 - 654 .
Boisvert , S. , & Poulin , F. ( 2016 ). Romantic relationship patterns from adolescence to emerging adulthood: Associations with family and peer experiences in early adolescence . Journal of Youth and Adolescence , 45 ( 5 ), 945 - 958 .
Bottiani , J. H. , Bradshaw , C. P. , & Mendelson , T. ( 2016 ). Inequality in Black and White high school students' perceptions of school support: An examination of race in context . Journal of Youth and Adolescence , 45 ( 6 ), 1176 - 1191 .
Festl , R. , & Quandt , T. ( 2016 ). The role of online communication in long-term cyberbullying involvement among girls and boys . Journal of Youth and Adolescence , 45 ( 9 ), 1931 - 1945 .
Greischel , H. , Noack , P. , & Neyer , F. J. ( 2016 ). Sailing uncharted waters: Adolescent personality development and social relationship experiences during a year abroad . Journal of Youth and Adolescence , 45 ( 11 ), 2307 - 2320 .
Hannigan , L. J. , McAdams , T. A. , Plomin , R. , & Eley , T. C. ( 2016 ). Etiological influences on perceptions of parenting: A longitudinal, multi-informant twin study . Journal of Youth and Adolescence , 45 ( 12 ), 2387 - 2405 .
Korelitz , K. E. , & Garber , J. ( 2016 ). Congruence of parents' and children's perceptions of parenting: A meta-analysis . Journal of Youth and Adolescence , 45 ( 10 ), 1973 - 1995 .
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Levesque , R. J. R. ( 2016a ). Emerging scholar best article award, 2016 . Journal of Youth and Adolescence , 45 , 2497 - 2498 .
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Maes , M. , Vanhalst , J. , Spithoven , A. W. , Van den Noortgate, W., & Goossens , L. ( 2016 ). Loneliness and attitudes toward aloneness in adolescence: A person-centered approach . Journal of Youth and Adolescence , 45 ( 3 ), 547 - 567 .
McLean , S. A. , Paxton , S. J. , & Wertheim , E. H. ( 2016 ). Does media literacy mitigate risk for reduced body satisfaction following exposure to thin-ideal media ? Journal of Youth and Adolescence , 45 ( 8 ), 1678 - 1695 .
Poteat , V. P. , Calzo , J. P. , & Yoshikawa , H. ( 2016 ). Promoting youth agency through dimensions of gay-straight alliance involvement and conditions that maximize associations . Journal of Youth and Adolescence , 45 ( 7 ), 1438 - 1451 .
Tanner-Smith , E. E. , & Fisher , B. W. ( 2016 ). Visible school security measures and student academic performance, attendance, and postsecondary aspirations . Journal of Youth and Adolescence , 45 ( 1 ), 195 - 210 .
Yang , C. C. , & Brown , B. B. ( 2016 ). Online self-presentation on facebook and self development during the college transition . Journal of Youth and Adolescence , 45 ( 2 ), 402 - 416 .