Nina S. Mounts

Research Interests

I am interested in children’s social development from childhood through adolescence. Primarily, I am interested in parent-child and peer relationships. Most recently, I have been examining linkages between parenting and peer relationships by exploring the ways in which parents manage the peer relationships of young adolescents. I also have an interest in peer influence processes during adolescence.

Frequently Taught Classes

  • Psyc 424 Adolescent Development
  • Psyc 464 Developmental Laboratory
  • Psyc 676 Social and Personality Development

Representative Publications

  • Valentiner, D.P., & Mounts, N.S. (2017). Method variance in adolescents’, mothers, and observers’ reports of peer management: Nuisance or information? Journal of Youth & Adolescence, 46, 1038-1056.

  • Salaam, B., & Mounts, N.S. (2016). Maternal warmth, behavioral control, and psychological control: Relations to adjustment of Ghanaian early adolescents. Journal of Adolescence, 49, 99-104.

  • Gerardy, H., Mounts, N.S., Luckner, A.E., & Valentiner, D.P. (2015). Mothers’ management of peers and adolescents’ aggressive, prosocial, and playful behavior. Journal of Genetic Psychology, 176, 1-16.

  • Mounts, N.S., Karre, J., & Kim, H. (2013). Mothers’ attitudes and goals about early adolescents’ cross-ethnic peer relationships: A qualitative analysis. Family Relations: Interdisciplinary Journal of Applied Family Studies, 62, 312-325.

  • Mounts, N.S. (2011). Parental management of peers and early adolescents’ social skills. Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 40, 416-427.

  • Mounts, N.S. & Kim, H.S. (2009). Expectations for parental management of dating in an ethnically diverse sample of early adolescents. Journal of Adolescent Research, 24, 531-560.

  • Mounts, N. S. (2008). Linkages between parenting and peer relationships: A model for parental management of adolescents’ peer relationships. In M. Kerr, H. Stattin, & R. Engels, (Eds.), What can parents do: New insights into the role of parents in adolescent problem behaviour (pp. 163-189). West Sussex, UK: Wiley.

  • Brown, B.B., & Mounts, N.S. (2007). The cultural context of family-peer linkages in adolescence. New Directions in Child and Adolescent Development, 116, 1-15.

  • Mounts, N.S.  & Kim, H.S. (2007). Parental goals regarding peer relationships and management of peers in a multiethnic sample. New Directions in Child and Adolescent Development, 116, 17-33.

  • Mounts, N.S. (2007). Adolescents’ and their mothers’ perceptions of parental management of peer relationships. Journal of Research on Adolescence, 17, 169-178.

  • Mounts, N., Valentiner, D., Anderson, K., & Boswell, M. (2006). Shyness, sociability, and parental support for the college transition: Relations to adolescents’ adjustment. Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 35, 71-80.


Professor, Developmental Psychology

Director of the Collaborative on Early Adolescence

PM 410


Ph.D.: University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1990