ERIC Number: EJ898977
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Nov
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 53
Popularity and Acceptance as Distinct Dimensions of Social Standing for Chinese Children in Hong Kong
Schwartz, David; Tom, Shelley R.; Chang, Lei; Xu, Yiyuan; Duong, Mylien T.; Kelly, Brynn M.
Social Development, v19 n4 p681-697 Nov 2010
This study attempted to validate distinctions between popularity and social acceptance in the cultural context of Hong Kong. We recruited 280 Chinese children (132 girls, 148 boys, mean age = 9.5) from Hong Kong primary schools. These children completed a peer nomination inventory assessing popularity, social acceptance, social rejection, aggression, peer victimization, and social behavior. Consistent with research conducted in western samples, we found that social acceptance was correlated primarily with positive behavioral characteristics (i.e., assertiveness-leadership and low levels of submissiveness-withdrawal). In contrast, popularity was associated with a more mixed pattern of features including high levels of aggression. The overall pattern of findings closely replicates past research conducted in North American and European settings.
Descriptors: Social Behavior, Assertiveness, Foreign Countries, Cultural Context, Peer Acceptance, Social Status, Elementary School Students, Rejection (Psychology), Aggression, Bullying, Measures (Individuals), Correlation
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education
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Identifiers - Location: Hong Kong