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ERIC Number: EJ938720
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 20
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0009-3920
Characterizing and Comparing the Friendships of Anxious-Solitary and Unsociable Preadolescents
Ladd, Gary W.; Kochenderfer-Ladd, Becky; Eggum, Natalie D.; Kochel, Karen P.; McConnell, Erin M.
Child Development, v82 n5 p1434-1453 Sep-Oct 2011
Friendships matter for withdrawn youth because the consequences of peer isolation are severe. From a normative sample of 2,437 fifth graders (1,245 females; M age = 10.25), a subset (n = 1,364; 638 female) was classified into 3 groups (anxious-solitary, unsociable, comparison) and followed across a school year. Findings indicated that it was more common for unsociable than anxious-solitary children to have friends, be stably friended, and participate in multiple friendships. For withdrawn as well as nonwithdrawn children, peer rejection predicted friendlessness, but this relation was strongest for anxious-solitary children. The friends of unsociable youth were more accepted by peers than those of anxious-solitary youth. The premise that friendship inhibits peer victimization was substantiated for withdrawn as well as nonwithdrawn youth
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education; Grade 5
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Language: English
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