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ERIC Number: ED431514
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Apr
Pages: 11
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Friendship Features and Adolescents' School Adjustment.
Jiao, Ziyi
Adolescents' best friendships are often believed to contribute to their psychosocial adjustment. This study examined the relationship between students' adjustment to school and the positive features, negative features, and frequency of interaction in their friendships. Participating were 106 students, 90 percent of whom were white, in a small midwestern school district. Subjects were assessed in seventh grade and again 2 years later. Assessments were comprised of interviews with the students to obtain information on friendship features and classroom involvement; Harter's Self-Perception Profile completed by the students to obtain information on their perceptions of scholastic competence, social acceptance, behavior, and global self-worth; and teacher ratings on involvement and disruptive behaviors. The findings indicated that students were less involved in school, valued school less, and had lower grades in ninth grade than in seventh grade. Frequent interaction with friends in seventh grade predicted an increase over time in perceived social acceptance, a decrease in perceived scholastic competence, and an increase in teacher reports of disruptiveness between seventh and ninth grade. (KB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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