Nancy Darling, Ph.D.

Nancy Darling

Nancy Darling, Ph.D., is a Professor of Psychology at Oberlin College. For the past 25 years, she has studied how adolescents shape and are shaped by their social relationships. She has authored more than 50 scientific papers on teens' relationships with parents, friends, romantic partners, and unrelated adults and has studied families in the US and in Chile, the Philippines, Italy, and Japan.  Her current work focuses on how, why, and when adolescents lie to their parents, when it matters, and how parents can help shape better relationships with their kids and keep them out of trouble.


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Thinking About Kids

Thinking About Kids is a place to explore thoughts about families, kids, parenting, and the wonderful puzzle that is scientific psychology.  Unlike my other professional writings, I use this blog to ponder about life in general and science in particular from my perspectives as developmental researcher, as a mother, as a wife, as a citizen, and as a statistics teacher.   These are my own thoughts and do not reflect the positions of my department or institution.