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ERIC Number: EJ1015269
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Aug
Pages: 24
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0272-4316
An Investigation of Desired Friendships during Early Adolescence
Thomas, Katelyn K.; Bowker, Julie C.
Journal of Early Adolescence, v33 n6 p867-890 Aug 2013
This study of 384 young adolescents (45% girls, "M" age = 12.94 years) and their desired friendships (friendships that adolescents indicate they would like to form in the future) examined whether (a) adolescents desire to be friends with peers who are well-liked, popular, aggressive, and prosocial; (b) having desired friendships is associated with likeability, popularity, aggression, and prosocial behaviors; and (c) being desired as a friend and having desired friendships are associated uniquely with loneliness. Results revealed that adolescents desire to be friends with peers who are popular, well-liked, and aggressive, but not necessarily prosocial. In addition, girls with desired friendships were less popular than girls without desired friendships; they also reported greater loneliness, after accounting for related peer experiences. Findings from this study highlight the need for future work on desired friendships and adjustment, for young adolescent boys and girls. (Contains 2 tables and 1 note.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Middle Schools
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Language: English
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