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Dr. Ruth Festl
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Dr. Ruth Festl

Member of the Junior Research Group Social Media

Ruth Festl has been working as a postdoctoral researcher in the Junior Research Group Social Media since January 2018. Her research focuses on the use and effects of digital media, especially among children, adolescents and families. She examines opportunities and risks of growing up in digitalized worlds and the role that family media socialization and media education play in this context. Additionally, she investigates the concept of digital media literacy as central resource for a self-determined and socially responsible handling of digital media.

Ruth Festl studied education science, psychology and communication science at LMU Munich. In 2014, she received her doctorate at the University of Münster with a dissertation about explaining cyberbullying perpetration. From 2010 to 2012, she worked in the ERC-funded project “The Social Fabric of Virtual Life” on social gaming at the University of Hohenheim. From 2012 to 2015, she was responsible for the longitudinal study in the DFG-funded project “Cyberbullying at Schools”. From 2015 to 2017, she worked as a senior researcher at the German Youth Institute focusing on children, adolescents, families and media.

 

Curriculum Vitae    Google Scholar    Research Gate   

Projects

Digital Media in the Everyday Life of Children and Adolescents

Parental Mobile Media use for Stress Management

Articles in refereed Journals

Festl, R., & Gniewosz, G. (2019). Role of mothers’ and fathers’ Internet parenting for family climate. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, 36(6), 1764-1784. https://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0265407518771753
 

Festl, R., Reer, F., & Quandt, T. (2019). Online sexual engagement and psychosocial well-being: The mediating role of sexual victimization experiences. Computers in Human Behavior, 98, 102-110. https://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.chb.2019.04.010
 

Domahidi, E., Breuer, J., Kowert, R., Festl, R., & Quandt, T. (2018). A longitudinal analysis of gaming- and non-gaming-related friendships and social support among social online game players. Media Psychology, 21(2), 288-307. https://dx.doi.org/10.1080/15213269.2016.1257393
 

Festl, R., & Langmeyer, A. N. (2018). Die Bedeutung der elterlichen Interneterziehung für die Internetnutzung von Vor-, Grund- und Sekundarschulkindern. Praxis der Kinderpsychologie und Kinderpsychiatrie, 67(2), 154-180. https://dx.doi.org/10.13109/prkk.2018.67.2.154
 

Festl, R., Vogelgesang, J., Scharkow, M., & Quandt, T. (2017). Longitudinal patterns of involvement in cyberbullying: Results from a latent transition analysis among adoles-cents. Computers in Human Behavior, 66, 7-15. https://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.chb.2016.09.027
 

Festl, R. (2016). Perpetrators on the Internet: Analyzing individual and structural explanation factors of cyberbullying in school context. Computers in Human Behavior, 59, 237-248. https://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.chb.2016.02.017
 

Festl, R., & Quandt, T. (2016). The role of online communication in long-term cyberbullying involvement among girls and boys. Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 45(9), 1931-1945. https://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10964-016-0552-9
 

Breuer, J., Kowert, R., Festl, R., & Quandt, T. (2015). Sexist games = sexist gamers? A longitudinal study on the relationship between video game use and sexist attitudes. Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking, 18(4), 197-202. https://dx.doi.org/10.1089/cyber.2014.0492
 

Breuer, J., Vogelgesang, J., Quandt, T., & Festl, R. (2015). Violent video games and physical aggression: Evidence for a selection effect among adolescents. Psychology of Popular Media Culture. https://dx.doi.org/10.1037/ppm0000035
 

Festl, R., Scharkow, M., & Quandt, T. (2015). The individual or the group: A multilevel analysis of cyberbullying in school classes. Human Communication Research, 41(4), 535-556. https://dx.doi.org/10.1111/hcre.12056
 

Kowert, R., Vogelgesang, J., Festl, R., & Quandt, T. (2015). Psychosocial causes and consequences of online video game play. Computers in Human Behavior, 45, 51-58. https://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.chb.2014.11.074
 

Scharkow, M., Festl, R., Vogelgesang, J., & Quandt, T. (2015). Beyond the "core-gamer": Genre preferences and gratifications in computer games. Computers in Human Behavior, 44, 293-298.
 

Breuer, J., Festl, R., & Quandt, T. (2014). Aggression and preference for first-person shooter and action games: Data from a large-scale survey of German gamers aged 14 and above Communication Research Reports, 31, 183-196. https://dx.doi.org/10.1080/08824096.2014.907146
 

Domahidi, E., Festl, R., & Quandt, T. (2014). To dwell among gamers - Investigating the relationship between social online game use and gaming-related friendships. Computers in Human Behavior, 35, 107-115. https://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.chb.2014.02.023
 

Festl, R., & Quandt, T. (2014). Cyberbullying at schools: A longitudinal research project. Diskurs Kindheits- und Jugendforschung, 1, 109-114.
 

Kowert, R., Domahidi, E., Festl, R., & Quandt, T. (2014). Social gaming, lonely life? The impact of digital game play on adolescents' social circles. Computers in Human Behavior, 36, 385-390. https://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.chb.2014.04.003
 

Kowert, R., Festl, R., & Quandt, T. (2014). Unpopular, overweight, and socially inept: Reconsidering the stereotype of online gamers. Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking, 17(3), 141-146. https://dx.doi.org/10.1089/cyber.2013.0118
 

Scharkow, M., Festl, R., & Quandt, T. (2014). Longitudinal patterns of problematic computer game use among adolescents and adults – a 2-year panel study. Addiction, 109(11), 1910-1917. https://dx.doi.org/10.1111/add.12662
 

Festl, R., & Quandt, T. (2013). Social relations and cyberbullying: The influence of individual and structural attributes on victimization and perpetration via the Internet. Human Communication Resesarch, 39(1), 101-126. https://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1468-2958.2012.01442.x
 

Festl, R., Scharkow, M., & Quandt, T. (2013). Militaristic attitudes and the use of digital games. Games & Culture, 8(6), 392-407.
 

Festl, R., Scharkow, M., & Quandt, T. (2013). Peer Influence, Internet use and Cyberbullying: A Comparison of Different Context Effects among German Adolescents. Journal of Children and Media, 7(4), 446-462. https://dx.doi.org/10.1080/17482798.2013.781514
 

Festl, R., Scharkow, M., & Quandt, T. (2013). Problematic computer game use among adolescents, younger and older adults. Addiction, 108(3), 592–599. https://dx.doi.org/10.1111/add.12016
 

Breuer, J., Festl, R., & Quandt, T. (2012). Digital War: An empirical analysis of narrative elements in military first-person shooters. Journal of Gaming and Virtual Worlds, 4, 215-237. https://dx.doi.org/10.1386/jgvw.4.3.215_1
 

Festl, R., Domahidi, E., & Quandt, T. (2012). Freunde fürs Leben? Zur Veränderung sozialer Beziehungen Jugendlicher durch Computerspiele. merzWissenschaft, 56(6), 67-80.
 

Books

Festl, R. (2015). Täter im Internet: Eine Analyse individueller und struktureller Erklärungsfaktoren von Cybermobbing im Schulkontext. Wiesbaden: VS Verlag für Sozialwissenschaften. https://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-3-658-09239-9
 

Chapters in Edited Books

Festl, R., & Quandt, T. (in press). Cyberbullying, online addiction and sexting: an overview of online social risk taking. In M. Potenza, D. Faust, & K. Faust (Eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Digital Technologies and Mental Health. Oxford University Press.
 

Festl, R., & Quandt, T. (2017). Cyberbullying. In P. Roessler, C. Hoffner, L. van Zoonen, & N. Podschuweit (Eds.), International Encyclopedia of Media Effects (pp. 328-336). Malden, Oxford, Chichester: Wiley-Blackwell.
 

Quandt, T., & Festl, R. (2017). Cyberhate. In P. Roessler, C. Hoffner, L. van Zoonen, & N. Podschuweit (Eds.), International Encyclopedia of Media Effects (pp. 336-344). Malden, Oxford, Chichester: Wiley-Blackwell.
 

Quandt, T., Festl, R., & Scharkow, M. (2014). Exzessive und pathologische Formen der Nutzung von Social Media und Onlinegames. In K. Hurrelmann & E. Baumann (Eds.), Handbuch Gesundheitskommunikation (pp. 306-320). Bern: Verlag Hans Huber.
 

Conference Contributions

Festl, R. (2019, May). Being socially competent online – measuring and explaining a social competent behavior among high school pupils in Germany. 69th Annual International Communication Association Conference. Washington D.C., USA. [Poster]
 

Reer, F., Festl, R., & Quandt, T. (2019, May). Investigating Problematic Social Media and Game Use in a Nationally Representative German Sample. 69th Annual International Communication Association Conference. Washington D.C., USA. [Talk]
 

Reer, F., Festl, R., & Quandt, T. (2019, Mai). Computerspielsucht kommt selten allein. Eine repräsentative Befragungsstudie zur problematischen Nutzung von digitalen Spielen und Social Media-Diensten. 64. Jahrestagung der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Publizistik- und Kommunikationswissenschaft. Münster. [Vortrag]
 

Wolfers, L. N., Festl, R. & Utz, S. (2019, Mai). Die Rolle von Smartphones für die Stressbewältigung: Eine Untersuchung von intrapersonalen Zusammenhängen zwischen Nomophobia und Stressempfinden. 64. Jahrestagung der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Publizistik- und Kommunikationswissenschaft. Münster. [Vortrag]
 

Wolfers, L. N., Festl, R. & Utz, S. (2019, May). Do smartphones and social network sites become more important when experiencing stress? An exploration of within-person associations. 69th Annual Conference of the International Communication Association (ICA). Washington D.C., USA. [Talk]
 

Festl, R. (2018, November). Digitale Medien im Jugendalter – Nutzung, Folgen und die Bedeutung von sozialen Kompetenzen. Fachtag "Schöne digitale Welt!? Kinder und Jugendliche auf dem Weg begleiten". Rastatt. [Vortrag]
 

Festl, R. (2018, September). Cyberbullying & Resilience: The Role of Online Social Competencies. European Association for Research on Adolescence Conference. Ghent, Belgium. [Talk]
 

Festl, R. (2018, November). Adolescents' social competencies in digitalized worlds. European Communication Research Association Conference. Lugano, Switzerland. [Talk]
 

Festl, R., Reer, F., & Quandt, T. (2018, May). Online Sexual Risk Behavior, Victimization & Psychosocial Well-Being Among Adolescents and Young Adults. 68th Annual International Communication Association Conference. Prague, Czech Republic. [Talk]
 

Festl, R., Reer, F., & Quandt, T. (2018, Mai). Der Einfluss von sexuellem Risikoverhalten und Viktimisierungserfahrungen online auf das psychosoziale Wohlbefinden von Jugendlichen und jungen Erwachsenen. 63. Jahrestagung der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Publizistik- und Kommunikationswissenschaft. Mannheim. [Vortrag]
 

Riesmeyer, C., Naab, T., & Festl, R. (2018, May). Media literacy as intergenerational process: skills, norms, and mediation. International Communication Association (ICA)-Preconference. Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München. [Workshop Organisation]
 

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