ERIC Number: EJ558886
Record Type: CIJE
Publication Date: 1997
Reference Count: 0
The Meaning of Meanness: Popularity, Competition, and Conflict among Junior High School Girls.
Merten, Don E.
Sociology of Education, v70 n3 p175-91 Jul 1997
Analyzes the activities and attitudes of a clique of junior high school girls that were both mean and popular. Defines meanness as an undifferentiated characterization for acts whose intent or result was to hurt someone emotionally. Examines the connections between female competition, conflict, and popularity in this context. (MJP)
Descriptors: Antisocial Behavior, Competition, Emotional Abuse, Females, Friendship, Interpersonal Relationship, Junior High School Students, Junior High Schools, Peer Acceptance, Peer Relationship, Popularity, Social Behavior, Social Cognition, Social Desirability, Social Integration, Social Life, Verbal Abuse, Youth
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
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