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ERIC Number: EJ909622
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Feb
Pages: 26
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 60
ISSN: ISSN-0272-4316
Middle School Friendships and Academic Achievement in Early Adolescence: A Longitudinal Analysis
Veronneau, Marie-Helene; Dishion, Thomas J.
Journal of Early Adolescence, v31 n1 p99-124 Feb 2011
Early adolescence is a critical transition period for the maintenance of academic achievement. One factor that school systems often fail to take into account is the influence of friends on academic achievement during middle school. This study investigated the influence of friends' characteristics on change in academic achievement from Grade 6 to Grade 8 and the role of students' own characteristics as moderators of this relationship. The sample included 1,278 participants (698 girls). Linear regressions suggest that students with academically engaged friends may achieve to levels higher than expected in Grade 8. However, when considering the significant, negative influence of friends' problem behavior, the role of friends' school engagement became nonsignificant. Low-achieving girls who had high-achieving friends in Grade 6 had lower academic achievement than expected by Grade 8. In contrast, high-achieving girls seemed to benefit from having high-achieving friends. Implications for theory and prevention efforts targeting young adolescents are discussed. (Contains 1 figure and 4 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Grade 6; Grade 7; Grade 8; Middle Schools
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Language: English
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