Research Areas research areas


  • My research program focuses on the connections between family socialization, risk-resilience, and socioemotional and behavioral well-being during adolescence and emerging adulthood in diverse contexts. One line of research highlights how family members such as parents and siblings socialize prosocial behaviors among culturally diverse adolescents and emerging adults. A second line of research underscores the effects of risk (e.g., stress) and resilience (e.g., coping) factors on substance use, school bonding, and prosocial behaviors in adolescents and emerging adults from diverse backgrounds. Through my research, I am committed to understanding ways to support healthy development and well-being in adolescents and emerging adults.
  • Selected Publications

    Academic Article

    Year Title
    2024 Understanding Links between Pandemic-Related Racial Attitudes and Out-Group Prosocial BehaviorsThe Journal of Genetic Psychology: Research and Theory on Human Development.  185:272-281. 2024
    2024 Latinx young adults' retrospective sibling caregiving: Associations with ethnic identity, responsibility, and depressive symptomsPersonal Relationships.  31:67-77. 2024
    2024 COVID-19 Pandemic-Related Financial Hardships and Adolescents' Adjustment: A Longitudinal Family Stress Approach.Journal of Youth and Adolescence: a multidisciplinary research publication.  53:432-445. 2024
    2023 Sibling influences on adolescent alcohol use during the spring 2020 COVID-19 pandemic shutdown.Psychology of Addictive Behaviors.  37:961-968. 2023
    2023 Health Status, Health Care Access, and Health Information Sources Among Latino Immigrant Cattle Feedyard Workers in the Midwest.Workplace health & safety.  71:296-303. 2023
    2023 Associations of Work-Related Injuries and Stress to Family and Youth Wellbeing among U.S. Latino/a Immigrant Cattle Feedyard Workers.International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health.  20:3361. 2023
    2023 Associations between older siblings' substance use and younger siblings' substance use intentions: Indirect effects via substance use expectations.Addictive Behaviors.  136:107493. 2023
    2023 The intervening role of anxiety symptoms in associations between Self-Regulation and prosocial behaviors in U.S. Latino/a college students.Journal of American College Health.  71:584-592. 2023
    2022 Relations between stress, coping strategies, and prosocial behavior in U.S. Mexican college studentsJournal of American College Health.  70:1644-1650. 2022
    2022 Familism Values Embedded in US Mexican Mother-Child Conversations About Sibling ConflictsJournal of Social and Personal Relationships.  41:645-669. 2022
    2022 Direct and indirect effects of maternal and sibling intimacy on adolescents' volunteering via social responsibility values: A longitudinal studyJournal of Social and Personal Relationships.  40:2740-2762. 2022
    2022 Parenting and person correlates of prosocial behaviors in Asian Indian young adultsPersonal Relationships.  29:100-119. 2022
    2022 The Intervening Roles of Shame and Guilt in Relations between Parenting and Prosocial Behavior in College Students.The Journal of Genetic Psychology: Research and Theory on Human Development.  183:564-579. 2022
    2021 Perceived Attachment and Problematic Smartphone Use in Young People: Mediating Effects of Self-Regulation and ProsocialityPsicothema: Revista de Psicologia.  33:564-570. 2021
    2021 Longitudinal Changes in Adolescents' School Bonding During the COVID-19 Pandemic: Individual, Parenting, and Family Correlates.Journal of Research on Adolescence.  31:808-819. 2021
    2021 A cross‐ethnoracial comparison of objective and subjective neighborhood predictors of early adolescents' prosocial behaviorSocial Development.  30:767-785. 2021
    2021 African American mothers talk to their preadolescents about honesty and lying.Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology.  27:521-530. 2021
    2021 Relations Among Parenting, Culture, and Prosocial Behaviors in U.S. Mexican Youth: An Integrative Socialization ApproachChild Development.  92. 2021
    2021 A longitudinal study of paternal and maternal involvement and neighborhood risk on recent immigrant Latino/a youth prosocial behaviorsNew directions for child and adolescent development.  2021:13-30. 2021
    2021 Latino/a young adults' experiences of acculturative stress, depressive symptoms, and romantic relationship commitment: Ethnic identity as protectiveJournal of Social and Personal Relationships.  38:1738-1749. 2021
    2021 Relations Among Acculturative Stress, Internalizing Symptoms, and Prosocial Behaviors in Latinx College StudentsJOURNAL OF LATINX PSYCHOLOGY.  9:77-91. 2021
    2021 Ethnic-Racial and Religious Identity as Mediators of Relations Between Ethnic-Racial Socialization and Prosocial Behaviors Among Black Young AdultsThe Journal of Black Psychology.  47:31-50. 2021
    2021 Towards a Multisystem, Strength-Based Model of Social Inequities in US Latinx YouthHuman Development.  65:204-216. 2021
    2020 Direct and indirect effects of parental involvement, deviant peer affiliation, and school connectedness on prosocial behaviors in US Latino/a youthJournal of Social and Personal Relationships.  37:2898-2917. 2020


    Year Title
    2023 Siblings.  225-231. 2023
    2019 Conducting Research in Developmental Psychology.  171-188. 2019

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  • Sahitya Maiya