Academic Publications

Gustavo S. Mesch

Authored Books

Mesch, Gustavo and Ilan Talmud (2010). Wired Youth: Social Relationships in the Information Age. Psychology Press and Routledge, U.K. 170 pages.

Publications in Peer-Reviewed Journals

73. Abbas, R. & Mesch, G.S. (Forthcoming). Do Rich Teens Get Richer? Facebook Use and the Link between Offline and Online Social Capital among Palestinian Youth in Israel. Information, Communication & Society.

72. Dodel, M. & Mesch, G.S. (2017) Cyber-Victimization Preventive Behavior: A Health Belief. Computers in Human Behavior. 68:359-67.

71. Mesch, G.S. (Forthcoming). “Parent–Child Connections on Social Networking Sites and Cyberbullying”, Youth & Society.

70. Sasson, H. & Mesch, G.S. (Forthcoming). The Role of Parental Mediation and Peer Norms on the Likelihood of Cyberbullying. The Journal of Genetic Psychology.

69. Lam, I . & Mesch, G.S. (2017). Gender Diffences in Awareness to Cybercrime and Involvement in Online Risk Taking Activities. Megamot (in Hebrew:הבדלי מגדר בקשר בין מודעות לפשעי סייבר לבין מעורבות בהתנהגויות סיכון במרחב הסייבר)

68. Sasson, H. & Mesch, G.S. (2016). “Gender Differences in the Factors Explaining Risky Behavior Online”. Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 45(5): 973-985.

67. Yossef, A. & Mesch, G.S. (2016). “Spatial Distance and Mobile Business-Social Network Density” . Information, Communication & Society, 1572-1586.

66. Mesch, G.S. & Kent P. Schwirian (2015). “Social and Political Determinants of Vaccine Hesitancy: Lessons Learned from the H1N1 Pandemic of 2009-2010”.   American Journal of Infection Control 43 (2015) pp. 1161-1165. 

65. Yossef, A. & Mesch, G.S. (2015). Inter-Ethnic Ties via Mobile Communications in Homogeneous and Ethnically Mixed Cities: A Structural Diversification Approach in Digital Distinctions and Inequalities: Communication and Information Technologies Annual. Eds: Robinson, Laura, Shelia Cotten, Jeremy Schulz, Tim Hale, and Apryl Williams. Emerald Studies in Media and Communications Vol. 10. Bingley, UK: Emerald Books.

64. Mesch, G. S. (2016). Ethnic Origin and Access to Electronic Health Services. Health Informatics Journal. 22 (4): 791-803

63. Abbas, R. & Mesch, G.S. (2015). Cultural Values and Facebook Use among Palestinian Youth in Israel. Computers in Human Behavior. pp. 644-653 DOI: 10.1016/j.chb.2015.02.031

62. Robinson, L., Cotten, S., Ono, H., Quan-Haase, A., Mesch, G., Chen, W., Schulz, J., Hale, T.M., Stern, M. & Schradie, J. (2015). Digital Inequalities and Why They Matter. Information, Communication & Society Vol. 18, No. 5, 569–582, 

61. Mesch, Gustavo, S. & Kent P. Schwirian. (2015). Confidence in Government and Vaccination Willingness in the U.S.  Health Promotion International. 30 (2): 213221

60. Yossef, A. & Mesch, G.S. (Forthcoming). The Spatial and Social Network Dimensions of Mobile Communication: A test of the Social Stratification and Social Diversification Hypothesis. Communication Research.

59. Sasson, H. & Mesch, G.S. (2014). Parental Mediation, Peer Norms and Risky Online Behaviors among Adolescents. Computers in Human Behavior, 33, 32-38.

58. Titzmann, P.F., Silbereisen, R. K. & Mesch, G.S. (2014). Minor Delinquency and Immigration: A Longitudinal Study Among Male Adolescents. Developmental Psychology. 50(1),  271-282

57. Mesch, Gustavo, Schwirian, Kent and Kolobov, Tanya.(2013). Attention to the Media and Worry over Becoming Infected: The Case of the Swine Flu Epidemic of 2009. Sociology of Health and llness.35 (2):  325-331

56. Mesch, Gustavo. (2012). Youth and Technology. New Directions in Youth Development, 135: 97-105.

55. Sela, S., Kuflik, T. & Mesch, Gustavo S. (2012). Changes in the discourse of online hate blogs: The effect of Barack Obama’s election in 2008. First Monday, November 2012 issue. Available at

54. Mesch, Gustavo; Rita Mano and Yeudit Zimer. (2012). Minority Status and Health Information Search: A test of the diversification Hypothesis. Social Science and Medicine. 75(5): 854-8.

53. Mesch, Gustavo. (2012). Is Online Trust and Trust in Social Institutions Associated with Online Disclosure of Identifiable Information Online? Computers in Human Behavior. 28 (4): 1471-1477.

52. Mesch, Gustavo, Anabel Quase-Han and Ilan Talmud (2012). IM Social Networks:Individual, Relational and Cultural Characteristics. Journal of Personal and Social Relationships, 29, 6: pp. 736-759.

51. Mesch, Gustavo S. (2012) Minority status and the use of computer mediated communication: a test of the Social Diversification Hypothesis. Communication Research, 39(3): 317-337.

50. Peter F. Titzmann, Rainer K. Silbereisen, Gustavo Mesch, Eva Schmitt-Rodermund.(Forhtcoming). Migration-specific hassles among adolescent immigrants from the former Soviet Union in Germany and Israel. Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology. 42: 777-794.

49. Titzman, Peter; Silberheisen, Rainer K. & Gustavo Mesch. (2012) “Change in Friendship Homophily: A German Israeli Comparison of Adolescent Immigrants”. Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology. 43(3) 410–428.

48. Mesch, G.S. & Talmud, I. (2011). Ethnic Differences in Internet Access: The Role of Occupation and Exposure. Information, Communication and Society. 14:445-472.

47. Mesch, Gustavo and Guy Beker (2010). “Are Norms of Disclosure about Online and Personal Information associated with the Disclosure of Personal Information Online?”.Human Communication Research, 36: 603-625.

46. Mesch Gustavo and Ilan Talmud (2010). A Longitudinal Study of Connectivity and participation hypothesis. American Behavioral Scientist. 1095-1111.

45. Mano, Rita and Gustavo Mesch (2009) A Blessing or a curse: The use of electronic mail in organizations. Computers in Human Behavior.

44. Mesch Gustavo.(2009) Parental Mediation, Online Activities and Cyberbullying. Cyberpsychology and Behavior.12(4): 387-393.

43. Mesch, Gustavo. (2009). Social Bonds and Internet Pornographic Exposure among Adolescents. Journal of Adolescence. 32( 3): 601-618.

42. Mesch, Gustavo S. (2009). Social Context and Adolescents’ Choice of communication Channels. Computers in Human Behavior. 25 (1): 244-251.

41. Schroeder Ralph, Alexandre Caldas, William Dutton and Gustavo Mesch. (2008). Patterns of Information Search and Access on the World Wide Web: Democratizing Expertise or Creating New Hierarchies? Journal of computer mediated communication. 13 (4), 769-793.

40. Turjeman, Hagit; Fishman Gideon; Mesch Gustavo. (2008) “The effect of acculturation on depressive moods: Immigrant boys and girls during their transition from late adolescence to early adulthood”. International Journal of Psychology. 43(1): 32-44.

39. Mesch, Gustavo; Hagit Turjeman and Gideon Fishman (2008). Social Identity and violence among immigrant adolescents. New Directions for Youth Development. 119: 129-151.

38. Hagit Turjeman, Gustavo Mesch, and Gideon Fishman.(2008). Social Identity, Identity Formation, and Delinquency. International Journal of Comparative Sociology 49: 111-126.

37.Mesch, Gustavo S., Hagit Turgeman and Gideon Fishman. (2008). Perceived Discrimination and the Well-being of Immigrant Adolescents” Journal of Youth and Adolecence. 37(5): pp. 592-604.

36. Canetti-Nissim, Daphna, Gustavo Mesch and Amy Pedazhour. 2006. Victimization from Terrorist Attacks: Randomness or routine Activities? Journal of Terrorism and Political Violence, 18, 4.

35. Mesch Gustavo S. and Ilan Talmud. 2007 Similarity and The Quality of Online and Offline Social Relationships among Adolescents in Israel. Journal of Research in Adolescence., 17,2, 455-466.

34.Mesch, Gustavo S. 2006. Family Characteristics and Intergenerational Conflicts over the Internet. Information, Communication and Society.9(4), 500-522.

33. Mesch Gustavo and Rita Mano.2006. Housing Attainment of Immigrants from the FSU in Israel: A cost-benefit Approach. Housing Studies. 21, 423-441.

32. Mesch, Gustavo and Ilan Talmud. 2006. The Quality of Online and Offline Relationships, the role of multiplexity and duration. The Information Society, 22(3), 137-149.

31. Mesch Gustavo and Ilan Talmud. 2006. Online Friendship Formation, Communication Channels, and Social Closeness. International Journal of Internet Sciences. 1, 1, 29-44. available at

30. Mesch Gustavo S.2006 The Family and the Internet: Exploring a social Boundaries Approach. Journal of Family Communication, 6(2), 119-138.

29. Mesch, Gustavo, S. and Gideon Fishman. 2006. Domestic Violence and non Domestic Violence Against Women, How Different and How Similar. A Study in Israel. Megamot (in Hebrew). 44, 2, 297-316.

28. Fishman Gideon and Gustavo S. Mesch. 2005. Acculturation, and Delinquency among Adolescent Immigrants from the Former Soviet Union in Israel ( FSU). Journal of Conflict and Violence Research (Journal für Konflikt- und Gewaltforschung) 7: 14-41.

27. Zeitlin-Ophir, Iris(+); Melitz, Osnat; Miller, Rina; Podoshin, P.and Gustavo Mesch.(2004). Variables Affecting the Academic and Social Integration of Nursing Students. Journal of Nursing Education 43: 7 .

26. Mesch, Gustavo S. and Yael Levanon (+). (2003). Community Networking and Locally based Social Ties in Two Suburban Localities. City and Community . 2:335-351.

25. Mesch, Gustavo, S. (2003). The Family and the Internet: The Israeli Case. Social Science Quarterly. 84: 1038-1050.

24. Mesch, Gustavo S.; Gideon Fishman and Zvi Eisikovits. (2003). Attitudes supporting Violence and Aggressive Behavior among Adolescents in Israel: The Role of Family and Peers. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 18:1132-1148 .

23. Mesch, Gustavo S. (2003) Language Proficiency among New Immigrants: The role of Human Capital and Societal Conditions. The Case of Immigrants from the FSU in Israel. Sociological Perspectives, 46(1): 41-58.

22. Gideon, Lior & Gustavo Mesch. (2003 )Reporting Property Victimization to the Police in Israel”. Police Practice and Research: An International Journal. 4:105-117 .

21. Mesch, Gustavo S. (2002). Residential Concentration and Participation in Local Politics:The case of Immigrants of the FSU in Israel. Journal of International Migration and Integration. 3: 157-177.

20. Mesch, Gustavo, S. (2002). Between Spatial and Social Segregation among Immigrants: The Case of Immigrants from the FSU in Israel. International Migration Review, 36(3):912-934.

19. Mesch, Gustavo S.(2001).Social Relationships and Internet Use among Adolescents in Israel. Social Science Quarterly, 82(2):329-340.

18. Mesch, Gustavo S. and Orit Manor(+).(2001) Ethnic Differences in Urban Neighbor Relationships in Israel. Urban Studies, 38(11): 1943-1952

17. Fishman, Gideon; Gustavo Mesch and Zvi Eizikovits,(2001). “Variables Affecting Adolescent Victimization: Findings from a National Youth Survey.” Western Criminological Review. 3 (2). [Online]. Available:

16. Fishman, Gideon, Michal Grinstein-Weiss(+) and Gustavo S. Mesch. (2000). Political Identification of Youth- Delineating Differences Between Left and Right in Israel. Zeitschrift Fur Soziologie der Erziehung und Sozailisation. 20(3)291-302.

15. Mesch, Gustavo S. (2000). Women’s Fear of Crime: The Role of Fear for the Well Being of Others. Violence and Victims,15(3):323-337.

14. Mesch, Gustavo S. (2000). Perceptions of Risk, Lifestyle Activities and Fear of Crime. Deviant Behavior 21(1):47-63.

13. Mesch, Gustavo S. and Gideon Fishman. (1999). Entering the System, Arab and Israelis Differences in Record Closure. Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency, 36(2):175-193.

12. Mesch, Gustavo S. (1998). Community Empowerment and Collective Action. Research in Community Sociology. Vol 8:43-63.

11. Mesch, Gustavo S. and Ilan Talmud. (1998). The Influence of Community Characteristics on Police Performance in a Deeply Divided Society: The case of Israel. Sociological Focus 31(3):223-248.

10. Mesch, Gustavo S. and Orit Manor (+). (1998). Local Social Ties, Residential Satisfaction and Community Attachment. Environment and Behavior. 30(4):504-519.

9. Mesch, Gustavo S. and Gideon Fishman. (1998). Fear of crime and Individual Protective Actions in Israel. International Review of Victimology. 5:311-330

8. Mesch, Gustavo S. and Daniel Czymansky. (1997). Ocupational Closure and Immigrant Entrepreneurship: Russian Jews in Israel. The Journal of SocioEconomics. 26:597-609.

8a.Reprinted in Samuel Y. and Harpaz, Y. 2003. Studies in Organizations and Work. Transaction Books.

7.Talmud Ilan and Gustavo S. Mesch. (1997). Market Embeddness and Corporate Instability. Social Science Research. 26:419-441.

7.a Reprinted in Samuel Y. and Harpaz, Y. 2003. Studies in Organizations and Work.Transaction books.

6.Mesch, Gustavo S. (1997). Victims and Property Victimization in Israel. Journal of Quantitative Criminology. 13:57-71.

5. Mesch, Gustavo S. and Kent P. Schwirian. (1996). The Effectiveness of Neighborhood Social Action. Social Problems. 43:401-417.

5.a Reprinted in W. Allen Martin. 2002. The Urban Community: A reader. Prentice Hall.

4. Fishman, Gideon and Gustavo S. Mesch. (1996). Fear of Crime in Israel: A Multidimensional Analysis. Social Science Quarterly. 77:76-89.

3. Mesch, Gustavo S. (1996). The Effect of Environmental Concerns and Government Incentives on Organized Local Action. Urban Affairs Review (formerly the Urban Affairs Quarterly). 31:346-367.

2. Mesch, Gustavo S. and Gideon Fishman. (1994) The First Readmission of the Mentally Ill: An Event History Analysis. Social Science Research. 23:295-314

1. Schwirian, Kent and Gustavo S. Mesch. (1993). Embattled Communities: The Political Ecology of Neighborhood Change. Research in Urban Sociology. Vol 3:83-110. (equal contribution)

  Chapters in Scientific Books

   1. Eisikovits, Zvi; Gustavo S. Mesch and Gideon Fishman. 2000. Rechsextreme Einstellungen und gewalttatiges Verhalten  unter Judendlichen in Israel. Pp. 289-303. in Hans Peter Kuhn, Harald Uhlendorff and Lothar Krappman(eds.). Sozailisation zur Mitburgerlichkeit. Opladen (Germany): Leske and Budrich.

2. Mesch, Gustavo. (2004). “The Apple does not fall far from the tree”: Parent and Children Support for Violent Political Activities In Israel. In Hilke Rebenstorf (ed.), “Democratic Development”. Leverkusen: Verlag Leske and Budrich.

3. Mesch, Gustavo (2006). Online Communities in R. Cnaan and C. Milofsky (eds.). Handbook of Community and Community Organization. New York: Springer Press.

4. Mesch, Gustavo (2007). Residential Concentration and Place attachment among Immigrants from the FSU in Israel. In Ray Hutchison and Jerome Krase (editors)  Research In Urban Sociology: Race and Ethnicity .Elsevier Press.

5. Mesch, Gustavo and Ilan Talmud. (2007). Privacy and Networking: Ethnic Differences in the Use of Cell Phones and IM in Israel. In James Katz (ed). “Mobile Communication and Social Change in a Global Context” MIT Press. Pp. 313-325

6. Mesch, Gustavo and Stephen Coleman. 2007. Youth and the Internet in the U.K. elections, pp.35-48. in Loader, B. (editor).  Young Citizens in the Digital Age: Political Engagement, Young People and the New Media.  Routledge Press.

7. Mesch, Gustavo. (2007) Social Diversification: A Perspective for the Study of Social networks of Adolescents Offline and Online. Pp 105-121 in Grenzenlose Cyberwelt? Nadia Kutscher and Hans Uwe Otto (editors). Veralg Fur Sozialwiseenschaften, Heidelberg, Germany.

8. Mesch Gustavo. 2009. Internet Affordances and Teens’ Social Communication: From Diversification To Bonding.  In Robert Zheng, Jason Burrow-Sanchez, and Clifford Drew (eds.).Adolescent Online Social Communication and Behavior: Relationship Formation on the Internet.Philadelphia, PA: IG pp.14-29

9. Mesch, Gustavo S. and  Tamara Lederman-Maman . 2009Intentional OnlinePornographic Exposure among Adolescents: Is the Internet to blame?. Verhaltenstherapie &Vehaltensmedizin,  2009-3. 352-368.

10. Mesch, Gustavo S. and Michal Frankel. (2011). Family and technology, from balance to imbalance. In  Wright, K. and Webb, L. Computer-Mediated Communication in Close Personal Relationships. Peter Lang Press. (pp 285-302).

11. Mesch, Gustavo, S. E-mail surveys: methods and advantages (2012). In Lior Gideon. Routledge Handbook of Research Methodology. Routledge Press. Pp. 313-327.

12. Kagan, Maya & Gustavo Mesch. (2012). Factors explaining decision making concerning financing medical care not covered by the Insurance (in Hebrew). Social Issues in Israel, 109-145.

13. Mesch, Gustavo S. Internet Media and Peer Sociability. 2013. Routledge Handbook on Children, Adolescents and Media. Lemish, D.(editor) N.Y.: Routledge,  Pp. 287-295

14. Mesch, Gustavo. Ilan Talmud  & Tanya Kolobov (2013).” Explaining Digital Inequalities in Israel: Juxtaposing the conflict and cultural perspectives. In  Massimo Ragnedda & Glenn W. Muschert (eds.). The Digital Divide: Social Inequality and the Internet in International Perspective.  NY: Routledge  . Pp. 222-237.

15. Mesch, Gustavo. (2014). Social Policy implications of the Diasporic Migration in Israel. In The Challenge of Diaspora Migration in Today’s Societies. R.Silbereisen, Y. Shavit and P. Titzman (eds). Palgrave-Macmillian.

 16. Mesch, Gustavo; Rita Mano & Judith Tsamir. (2014) Ethnicity and the Diversification of Access to Online Health Information and Communication in Israel. In Ellias, N. and Dan Caspi (eds.). Minority and Media in Israel. N.Y. Vallentine Press.

17. Kusurman, N., Hovav, M. & Mesch, G. (2015).  The link between sexual victimization at childhood and juvenile delinquency. pp. 147-175. In Schecory-Biton, M. & Hovav, M. (eds.). Girls and boys at risk: Vulnerability, Resilience & Social support. Jerusalem: Carmel Publishers (in Hebrew).

18 . Mesch, Gustavo. Social Policy implications of the Diasporic Migration in Israel. In The Challenge of Diaspora Migration in Today’s Societies. R.Silbereisen, Y. Shavit and P. Titzman (eds). Palgrave-Macmillian.


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