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ERIC Number: ED398508
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996
Pages: 8
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Peer Behavior Ratings as Predictors of Sociometric Status.
Torrey, Gregory K.; Wright, Dan
Although inquiries into social status have enjoyed increasing popularity in the literature, peer nomination techniques reveal little about the determinants of social preference. This study examined the relationship between two sociometric measures in predicting five categories of social status: (1) Popular; (2) Neglected; (3) Rejected; (4) Controversial; and (5) Average. The study's purpose was to determine whether broad-band peer behavior ratings might provide further information on factors influencing social status. The two measures used were the Pupil Evaluation Inventory (PEI) and the Peer Nomination Technique (PNT). The PEI assesses aggression, withdrawal, and likability while the PNT asks to students to assign their peers to one of the five social status categories listed above. A total of 223 5th- and 6th-grade students in 5 elementary schools participated. Behavior ratings results from the PEI provided a moderate predictor of Social Preference as indicated by the PNT. Although the relationships between the PEI and the PNT were found to be moderate, three conclusions could be drawn: (1) the convergence of detailed behavior ratings on more global nominations of likes and dislikes can reveal information on these determinants; (2) the continued use of the PEI is supported by the results; and (3) research into peer ratings, in general, merit further attention. Three tables presenting statistical analysis are appended. (RJM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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