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ERIC Number: EJ1069073
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 35
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0272-4316
Feasible, Rigorous, and Relevant: Validation of a Measure of Friendship Homophily for Diverse Classrooms
McCormick, Meghan P.; Cappella, Elise; Hughes, Diane L.; Gallagher, Emily K.
Journal of Early Adolescence, v35 n5-6 p817-851 Jun-Aug 2015
Peers become increasingly influential in children's development during late childhood and early adolescence. A large body of research has documented children's proclivity for forming friendships with peers who share similar attributes to themselves, a phenomenon termed homophily. Researchers have used multiple procedures to operationalize homophily. However, a measure of homophily that accounts for the diversity of children in classrooms has yet to be validated in elementary and middle school settings. Using social network data collected from a racially diverse sample of 553 elementary and middle school students (53 classrooms; 7 schools), this study aims to validate a measure of friendship homophily that accounts for differential opportunity structures in classroom contexts. Using race and gender as grouping attributes, we find evidence for the reliability, as well as the convergent and predictive validity, of the friendship homophily measure. Implications for researchers and educators are discussed.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education; Middle Schools; Secondary Education; Junior High Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Institute of Education Sciences (ED)
Authoring Institution: N/A
IES Funded: Yes
Grant or Contract Numbers: R305B080019