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Dorothy Markiewicz

Professor, Ph.D. (Ohio State U.)

Office: MC B315
Phone: (905)688-5550 ext.5241



- friendships in adolescence and adulthood
- romantic relationships in adolescence and adulthood
- gender and social relationships
- attachment style and adjustment

My research focuses on processes and factors involved in the development, quality, and conflict of close interpersonal relationships (family, friends, and romantic partners) across adolescence and adulthood. I am particularly interested in the association of characteristics of these relationships, recently attachment quality, with aspects of psychological adjustment.


Lawford, H., Doyle, A.B., & Markiewicz, D. (accepted, Dec. 2012) The association between early generative concern and caregiving with friends from early to middle adolescence. Journal of Youth and Adolescence.

Kamkar, K., Doyle, A.B., & Markiewicz, D. (2012). Insecure attachment to parents and depressive symptoms in early adolescence: Mediating roles of attributions and self-esteem. International Journal of Psychological Studies, 4, 3-18.

Markiewicz, D. & Doyle, A.B. (2012). Best friends. In R.J. Levesque (Ed.). Encyclopedia of Adolescence (pp. 254-260). New York, New York: Springer.

Linden-Andersen, S., Markiewicz, D., & Doyle, A. B. (2009) Perceived similarity among adolescent friends: The role of reciprocity, friendship quality, and gender. Journal of Early Adolescence, 29, 617-637.

Doyle, A. B., Lawford, H., & Markiewicz, D. (2009) Attachment style with mother, father, best friend and romantic partner during adolescence.  Journal of Research on Adolescence, 19, 690-714.

Doyle, A.B. & Markiewicz, D. (2009). Attachment style with father and mother in early adolescence: Gender differences and perceived peer competence. European Journal of Developmental Science, 3, 80-93.

Markiewicz, D. (2006) Promoting successful close interpersonal relationships in adolescence: Implications of attachment theory and research for therapeutic interventions. Journal of Child and Youth Care Work, 20, 93-109.

Markiewicz, D., Lawford, H., Doyle, A.B., & Haggart, N. (2006) Developmental differences in adolescents’ and young adults’use of mothers, fathers best friends, and romantic partners to fulfill attachment needs. Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 35, 127-140.

Margolese, S., Markiewicz, D., & Doyle, A. B. (2005) Attachments to parents, best friend, and romantic partner: Predicting different pathways to depression in adolescence. Journal of Youth and Adolescence,34, 637-650.

Doyle, A.B., & Markiewicz, D. (2005) Parenting, marital conflict and adjustment from early- to mid-adolescence: Mediated by adolescent attachment style? Journal of Youth and Adolescence,34, 97-110.

Doyle, A.B., Brendgen, R., Markiewicz, D., & Kamkar-Parsi, K. (2003) Family relationships as moderators of the significance of romantic relationships for adjustment in early adolescence. Journal of Early Adolescence, 23, 316-340.

Karavasilis, L., Doyle, A.B., & Markiewicz, D. (2003) Associations between parenting style and attachment orientation in middle childhood and early adolescence. International Journal of Behavioral  Development, 27, 153-164.

Markiewicz, D. (2002) Promoting healthy adolescent friendships and romantic relationships. Journal of Child and Youth Care Work, 17, 104-117.

Brendgen, M., Vitaro, F., Doyle, A. B., Markiewicz, D., & Bukowski, W. M., (2002) Boyfriends, girlfriends, and same-sex peers: Relations to early adolescents’ emotional, behavioral, and academic adjustment. Merrill-Palmer Quarterly, 48, 77-103.

Ducharme, J., Doyle, A.B., & Markiewicz, D. (2002) Implications of attachment security for adolescents’ interpersonal behaviour with parents and peers.  Journal of Social and Personal Relationships. , 19, 203-231.

Dayan, J., Doyle, A.B., & Markiewicz, D. (2001) Social support networks and self-esteem of idiocentric and allocentric children and adolescents.  Journal of Social and Personal Relationships., 18, 767-784.

Markiewicz, D., Doyle, A.B., and Brendgen, M. (2001) The quality of adolescents’ friendships:  Associations with mothers’ interpersonal relationships, attachments to parents and peers, and prosocial behaviours.  Journal of Adolescence, 24, 429-445.

Brendgen, M., Markiewicz, D., Doyle, A.B., & Bukowski, W. (2001) The relation between friendship quality, ranked friendship preference, and adolescents’ behavior with their friends. Merrill-Palmer Quarterly, 47, 395-415

Brendgen, M., Vitaro, F., Bukowski, W.M., Doyle, A.B., and Markiewicz, D. (2001) Developmental profiles of peer social preference over the course of elementary school: Associations with trajectories of externalizing and internalizing behavior. Developmental Psychology, 37(3), 308-320 .

Doyle, A.B., Markiewicz, D., Brendgen, M., Lieberman, M., & Voss, K. (2000) Mother and father attachment style and marital quality as predictors of child attachment security and self-concept.  Merrill-Palmer Quarterly, 46, 514-539.

Markiewicz, D., Devine, I. & Kausilas, D. (2000) Friendships of women and men at work: job satisfaction and resource implications. Journal of Managerial Psychology, 15, 161-184.

Lieberman, M., Doyle, A.B., Markiewicz, D. (1999) Attachment to mother and father:  Links to peer relations in childhood.  Child Development, 70, 202-213.

Voss, K., Markiewicz, D., and Doyle, A.B. (1999)  Friendship, marriage and self-esteem. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, 16,  103-122. 

Markiewicz, D., Reis, M., and Pushkar Gold, D.(1997)  An exploration of attachment styles and personality traits in caregiving for dementia patients. International Journal of Aging and Human Development,45, 111-132.

Doyle, A.B. & Markiewicz, D. (1996) Mother's and children's friendships. In R. Tessier, C. Bouchard,  G. Tarabulsy & C. Piché (Eds.)  Enfant et famille: Contextes du développement. Quebec: Laval University Press.

Doyle, A.B., & Markiewicz, D. (1996) Parent's interpersonal relationships and children's friendships.  In W. M. Bukowski, A. F. Newcomb, & W. W. Hartup (Eds.) The company they keep: Friendship in childhood and adolescence. New York: Cambridge University Press, pp 115-136.

Gold, D., Reis, M., Markiewicz, D., and Andres, D. (1995) When Home Caregiving Ends:  A Longitudinal Study of Outcomes for Caregivers of Relatives with Dementia  Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, 43, 10-16.

Doyle, A.B., Markiewicz, D., & Hardy, C. (1994) Mother's relationships and children's friendships: Intergenerational associations. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, 11, 363-379.

Reis, M., Gold, D., Andres, D. Markiewicz, D. and Gauthier, S.(1994)  Personality traits as determinants of burden and health complaints in caregiving.  The International Journal of Aging and Human Development, 39, 257-271.




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