ERIC Number: EJ1074170
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
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Relationship Reciprocation Modulates Resource Allocation in Adolescent Social Networks: Developmental Effects
Burnett Heyes, Stephanie; Jih, Yeou-Rong; Block, Per; Hiu, Chii-Fen; Holmes, Emily A.; Lau, Jennifer Y. F.
Child Development, v86 n5 p1489-1506 Sep-Oct 2015
Adolescence is characterized as a period of social reorientation toward peer relationships, entailing the emergence of sophisticated social abilities. Two studies (Study 1: N = 42, ages 13-17; Study 2: N = 81, ages 13-16) investigated age group differences in the impact of relationship reciprocation within school-based social networks on an experimental measure of cooperation behavior. Results suggest development between mid- and late adolescence in the extent to which reciprocation of social ties predicted resource allocation. With increasing age group, investment decisions increasingly reflected the degree to which peers reciprocated feelings of friendship. This result may reflect social-cognitive development, which could facilitate the ability to navigate an increasingly complex social world in adolescence and promote positive and enduring relationships into adulthood.
Descriptors: Adolescents, Social Networks, Peer Relationship, Social Development, Age Differences, Educational Environment, Cooperation, Student Behavior, Social Influences, Resource Allocation, Decision Making, Friendship, Cognitive Development
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