Brian K. Barber, PhD is the Founding Director of the Center for the Study of Youth and Political Violence, Professor of Child and Family Studies, and Adjunct Professor of Psychology, all at the University of Tennessee (USA). He is also Technical Advisor to the World Health Organization and to UNICEF. Dr. Barber researches adolescent development in social context in Africa, Asia, the Balkans, Europe, the Middle East, and North and South America. He specializes in the study of adolescent development in contexts of political violence, with a particular focus on youth from the Palestine and Bosnia. His work has been supported by the U.S. National Institute for Mental Health, the Social Science Research Council, the Rockefeller Foundation, the Jerusalem Fund, the United States Institute of Peace, and the Jacobs Foundation. Dr. Barber publishes his work regularly in leading psychology and family sociology journals and is the author of: Adolescents and War: How Youth Deal with Political Violence (2009, Oxford University Press) Parental Support, Psychological Control, and Behavioral Control: Assessing Relevance across Time, Culture, and Method (2005, SRCD Monograph Series) Intrusive Parenting: How Psychological Control affects Children and Adolescents (2002, American Psychological Association Press) Books under contract include: One Heart, So Many Stones: The Saga of Palestinian Adolescents (Palgrave/MacMillan), (5-volume series) Picking up the pieces of war: Joint efforts for youth well-being (Oxford University Press).
Hundreds of thousands of children are forced or legally recruited combatants in no fewer than...
Contrasting portraits of war: Youths' varied experiences with political violence in Bosnia and Palestine, International Journal of Behavioral Development (2008)
Feeling disrespected by parents: Refining the measurement and understanding of psychological control (with M. Xia, J.A. Olsen, C. McNeely, and K. Bose), Journal of Adolescence (2012)
This study investigated parental psychological control of adolescents when construed as disrespect of individuality. First,...
Disentangling fathering and mothering: The role of youth personality (with H E. Stolz, J A. Olsen, and L M. Clifford), Fathering (2010)
The shifting complex of identity: Issues of individual and contextual change informing the narrative identities of conflict youth: Commentary on Hammack, Human Development (2010)