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ERIC Number: EJ909850
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Feb
Pages: 30
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 60
ISSN: ISSN-0272-4316
Capitalizing on Academic Success: Students' Interactions with Friends as Predictors of School Adjustment
Altermatt, Ellen Rydell
Journal of Early Adolescence, v31 n1 p174-203 Feb 2011
Although friends often share successes with one another, very little attention has been paid to these interactions. The current study examines the nature of middle school students' interactions with friends following academic successes and the consequences of these interactions for students' school adjustment. Participants were 293 fifth- through eighth-grade students. Grade-level differences emerged in students' reports of their motives for sharing, friends' responses to sharing, and students' motives for not sharing. Sharing successes predicted tradeoffs for children's school adjustment such that sharing predicted more positive school attitudes, but more negative perceptions of peer relationships over time. Children's reports of their motives for sharing and friends' responses to sharing also predicted changes in school adjustment over time. Implications of these findings for helping middle school students capitalize on academic successes via their interactions with friends are discussed. (Contains 3 tables and 1 note.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Middle Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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