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ERIC Number: EJ869755
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Dec
Pages: 32
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0022-4405
The Association between High Status Positions and Aggressive Behavior in Early Adolescence
Hoff, Kathryn E.; Reese-Weber, Marla; Schneider, W. Joel; Stagg, Jonathan W.
Journal of School Psychology, v47 n6 p395-426 Dec 2009
The present study examined the association between high status social positions in early adolescence and both overt and relational aggression. A sample of 234 sixth graders (132 girls, 102 boys) completed peer nominations assessing aggression, social centrality, and coolness. Data analyses were based on all sixth graders who received peer nominations, for a total sample size of 417 students (224 girls, 193 boys). Hierarchical linear modeling was used to examine both within-peer group differences and between-peer group differences. Results indicated relational aggression was related to higher overall social centrality and being nominated as cool even when controlling for overt aggression. Overt aggression appeared to be related to higher overall social centrality and being nominated as cool, but this relationship was much weaker when relational aggression was controlled. Although girls used relational aggression more often and boys used overt aggression more often, the use of relational aggression by either gender was related to membership in high status peer groups and high status within the peer group. Implications of the findings and suggestions for future research are discussed. (Contains 9 figures and 9 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Grade 6
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Language: English
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