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ERIC Number: ED430736
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Apr
Pages: 14
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Which Students Keep Old Friends and Which Become New Friends across a School Transition.
Jiao, Ziyi
This study was designed to examine the relative importance of several determinants of children's friendship stability: friendship quality, friendship reciprocity, and children's individual characteristics. Also examined were changes in students' friendships across the junior high transition. Measures of friendship and school adjustment were obtained three times across the junior high transition (spring of sixth grade, fall of seventh grade, and spring of seventh grade) from 101 students. Friendship quality and reciprocity were the most important determinants of friendship stability. Students higher in social competence also had more stable friendships. However, the importance of the determinants varied depending on whether friendship stability was measured within a school year or across school years. In addition, children seemed to be choosing their new friends based on different criteria at different times across the transition to a new school. (Author)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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