ERIC Number: EJ868363
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Sep
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Early Adolescents' Social Standing in Peer Groups: Behavioral Correlates of Stability and Change
Lansford, Jennifer E.; Killeya-Jones, Ley A.; Miller, Shari; Costanzo, Philip R.
Journal of Youth and Adolescence, v38 n8 p1084-1095 Sep 2009
Sociometric nominations, social cognitive maps, and self-report questionnaires were completed in consecutive years by 327 students (56% girls) followed longitudinally from grade 7 to grade 8 to examine the stability of social standing in peer groups and correlates of changes in social standing. Social preference, perceived popularity, network centrality, and leadership were moderately stable from grade 7 to grade 8. Alcohol use and relational aggression in grade 7 predicted changes in social preference and centrality, respectively, between grade 7 and grade 8, but these effects were moderated by gender and ethnicity. Changes in social standing from grade 7 to grade 8 were unrelated to grade 8 physical aggression, relational aggression, and alcohol use after controlling for the grade 7 corollaries of these behaviors. Results are discussed in terms of their implications for understanding links between social standing and problem behaviors during adolescence.
Descriptors: Aggression, Drinking, Cognitive Mapping, Grade 8, Grade 7, Peer Acceptance, Early Adolescents, Questionnaires, Longitudinal Studies, Social Status, Leadership, Gender Differences, Ethnicity, Behavior Problems
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Grade 7; Grade 8
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