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ERIC Number: EJ875870
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Dec
Pages: 24
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 23
ISSN: ISSN-0022-1325
Predicting Changes in Adjustment Using Repeated Measures of Sociometric Status
Mayeux, Lara; Bellmore, Amy D.; Cillessen, Antonius H. N.
Journal of Genetic Psychology, v168 n4 p401-424 Dec 2007
The authors' goals in the study were to investigate the possible gains made by including multiple assessments of status in the prediction of change in psychosocial adjustment and to compare the effectiveness of continuous and categorical measures of peer status in predicting adjustment. The authors obtained continuous and categorical measures of status ("social preference and rejected status") for 644 Grade 4 students at 3 points within 1 school year (fall, winter, and spring). The authors measured peer, teacher, and self-report indexes of social adjustment (including aggression, anxiety, and sociability) in Grades 4 and 5. Both measures of peer status at all 3 time points in Grade 4 were significant predictors of adjustment in Grade 5, controlling for Grade 4 levels, with the midyear (i.e., winter) assessment showing a slight predictive advantage over the fall and spring assessments. Children who were classified as peer rejected over multiple assessments had more social adjustment problems in the next school year than did children who were classified as peer rejected at 1 time point only. The authors discuss these findings in terms of the utility of multiple assessments of both continuous and categorical measures of peer status for predicting later outcomes. (Contains 4 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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