ERIC Number: EJ814138
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Nov
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 30
It's Not Just Being Popular, It's Knowing It, Too: The Role of Self-Perceptions of Status in the Associations between Peer Status and Aggression
Mayeux, Lara; Cillessen, Antonius H. N.
Social Development, v17 n4 p871-888 Nov 2008
Moderators of the well-established association between status and overt and relational aggression were tested in a four-year longitudinal sample (N = 358) of high school students. Self-perceptions of popularity were found to moderate the link between actual peer-perceived popularity and aggression, with adolescents who were both popular and aware of their popular status, scoring highest on peer-nominated aggression and showing the greatest increases in aggression over time. Self-perceptions of liking moderated the associations between social preference and aggression as well. Adolescents who saw themselves as disliked were particularly likely to show increases in aggression over time. The moderating effect of self-perceptions was further moderated by gender in several cases. Findings are discussed in light of Coie's theory of the development of peer status theory. The social-cognitive elements of high peer status, particularly of perceived popularity, are also highlighted.
Descriptors: Aggression, Adolescents, Peer Acceptance, Self Concept, Social Status, Peer Relationship, Correlation, Longitudinal Studies, High School Students, Antisocial Behavior
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: High Schools
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