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Jaana Juvonen

Jaana Juvonen, Ph.D., is a professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of California, Los Angeles. Her main research interests pertain to the study of peer relationships among young adolescents in school. Her current research examines the ways in which demographic and behavioral diversity within schools and across classes shapes peer relationships and social climate.

Weight Diversity: A Stigma-Reduction Mechanism to Reduce Weight-Based Achievement Disparities

The odds of academic success are stacked against youth with overweight and obesity. On average, youth with higher weight do more poorly in school and are less likely to attend college than their peers with normal weight. The widespread misconception […]

The Effects Of Middle School Weight Climate On Youth With Higher Body Weight 

The current study is the first to show how teens with higher body weight fare worse in some schools than others depending on the “weight climate” of their middle school. We presumed that heavier body weight becomes more stigmatizing and […]