ERIC Number: EJ1078118
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Nov
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 34
Identifying Subtypes of Peer Status by Combining Popularity and Preference: A Cohort-Sequential Approach
van den Berg, Yvonne H. M.; Burk, William J.; Cillessen, Antonius H. N.
Journal of Early Adolescence, v35 n8 p1108-1137 Nov 2015
The purpose of this study was to identify and validate subtypes of peer status by integrating preference and popularity into a single framework. Person-oriented analyses were performed among 3,630 children and adolescents of different cohorts in primary and secondary education. In the young age groups (Grade 3/4 to Grade 7), three clusters were found: popular-liked, average, and unpopular-disliked. In the older age group (Grade 8), four clusters were found: popular, liked, average, and unpopular-disliked. Thus, participants differentiated liked peers from popular peers at the age of 14, but not earlier. Distinct behavioral profiles were found for each subtype. Cohort-sequential analyses demonstrated high stability of cluster membership, especially among the high-status groups. Developmental implications and the importance of school transitions are discussed.
Descriptors: Peer Relationship, Preferences, Social Influences, Children, Adolescents, Elementary School Students, Grade 3, Grade 4, Grade 5, Grade 6, Grade 7, Secondary School Students, Grade 8, Age Differences, Peer Acceptance, Longitudinal Studies, Foreign Countries, Sociometric Techniques, Friendship, Multivariate Analysis, Statistical Analysis
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education; Grade 3; Primary Education; Early Childhood Education; Grade 4; Intermediate Grades; Grade 5; Middle Schools; Grade 6; Grade 7; Junior High Schools; Secondary Education; Grade 8
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Identifiers - Location: Netherlands