Larry Nelson, Professor

Department: Family Life



Office: 2091 JFSB

Phone: 801-422-6711


  • Karl G. Maeser Excellence in Teaching Award from Brigham Young University, 2014

Professional Affiliations

  • Society for the Study of Emerging Adulthood
  • Society for Research on Adolescence
  • International Society for the Study of Behavioral Development
  • Society for Research in Child Development

Recent Publications

  • Nelson, L. (2019). Helicopter parenting, parental control, and moral development during emerging adulthood. Oxford Handbook of Parenting and Moral Development, 355-374.
  • Nelson, L. (2019). Parenting Emerging Adults. In Handbook of Parenting, Volume 1 (pp. 168-190). Routledge.
  • Nelson, L. (2018). Moving toward and away from others: Social orientations in emerging adulthood. Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology, 58, 66-76.
  • Walker, L., Son, D., & Nelson, L. (2017). A Longitudinal Growth Mixture Model of Child Disclosure to Parents Across Adolescence. Journal of Family Psychology.
  • Walker, L., & Nelson, L. (2017). Flourishing in emerging adulthood: Positive development during the third decade of life. .
  • Nelson, L., & Coyne, S. (2016). Withdrawing to a virtual world: Associations between subtypes of withdrawal, media use, and maladjustment in emerging adults. Developmental Psychology, 52, 933-942.
  • Nelson, L. (2015). Associations between Shyness and Internalizing and Externalizing Problems during Emerging Adulthood in China. Emerging Adulthood, 3, 364-367.
  • Nelson, L. (2015). Moral worldviews of American religious emerging adults: Three patterns of negotiation between development and culture. Moral Development in a Global World: Research from a Cultural-Developmental Perspective, 92-116.
  • Luster, S., & Nelson, L. (2013). Shyness and communication: Impact on self and partner relationship satisfaction. Journal of Couple and Relationship Therapy, 12, 359-376.
  • Fraser, A. M., Coyne, S., Nelson, L., & Stockdale, L. A. (2012). Bringing out the inner soldier: Associations between violent video games, empathy, and prosocial behavior toward three targets. In Journal of Youth and Adolescence (pp. 636-649).
  • Nelson, L. (2012). Black Hawk Down? Establishing helicopter parenting as a distinct construct from other forms of parental control during emerging adulthood. In Journal of Adolescence (pp. 1177-1190).
  • Nelson, L. (2012). Affording Emerging Adulthood: Parents' Financial Involvement With Their Emerging Adult Children. Journal of Adult Development, 19, 50-58.
  • Barry, C. M., & Nelson, L. (2012). The role of mothers and media on emerging adults' religious faith and practices by way of internalization of prosocial values.. Journal of Adult Development, 19, 66-78.
  • Urry, S., & Nelson, L. (2011). Mother knows best: Correlates of child disclosure and maternal knowledge in emerging adulthood. In Journal of Family Studies (pp. 157-173).
  • Nelson, L. (2011). Religiosity in adolescence and emerging adulthood. Encyclopedia of Adolescence, 2239-2353.
  • Seiter, L., & Nelson, L. (2011). An Examination of Emerging Adulthood in College Students and Non-Students in India. Journal of Adolescent Research, 26, 506-536.
  • Nelson, L., Christensen, K., & Evans, C. (2011). Parenting in Emerging Adulthood: An Examination of Parenting Clusters and Correlates for Mothers and Fathers. Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 40, 730-743.
  • Barry, C. M., Nelson, L., Davarya, S., & Urry, S. (2010). Religiosity and Spirituality during the Transition to Adulthood. International Journal of Behavioral Development, 34, 311-324.
  • Carroll, J., Badger, S., Willoughby, B., Nelson, L., Madsen, S., & & Barry, C. M. (2009). Ready or Not? Criteria for Marriage Readiness Among Emerging Adults. In Journal of Adolescent Research (pp. 349-375).
  • Nelson, D., Springer, M. M., Nelson, L., & Bean, N. H. (2008). Normative beliefs regarding aggression in emerging adulthood. In Social Development (pp. 638-660). Blackwell.
  • Nelson, D., Nelson, L., Hart, C., Yang, C., & Jin, S. (2006). Parenting and peer group behavior in cultural context: Peer Relationships in Cultural Context. New York: Cambridge University Press.
  • Roper, S., Yang, C., Hart, C., Robinson, C., Wu, P., Nelson, D., Wo, J. (2002). Maternal psychological control and preschool children's behavioral outcomes in China, Russia, and the United States: Intrusive Parenting: How Psychological Control Affects Children and Adolescents. Washington, D.C.: American Psychological Association.
  • Hart, C., Yang, C., Nelson, L., Robinson, C., Olsen, J., Nelson, D., Wu, P. (2000). Peer acceptance in early childhood and subtypes of socially withdrawn behavior in China, Russia, and the United States. International Journal of Behavioral Development, 24, 73-81.
  • Hart, C., Yang, C., Nelson, D., Jin, S., Bazarskaya, N., Nelson, L., Wu, P. (1998). Peer Contact Patterns, Parenting Practices and Preschoolers' Social Competence in China, Russia and the United States. Children's Peer Relations, Peer Relations Amongst Children: Current Issues and Future Directions, 3-30.