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Veronneau, Marie-Helene; Dishion, Thomas J. – Journal of Early Adolescence, 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…
Descriptors: Females, Prevention, Academic Achievement, Early Adolescents
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Lansford, Jennifer E.; Killeya-Jones, Ley A.; Miller, Shari; Costanzo, Philip R. – Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 2009
Sociometric nominations, social cognitive maps, and self-report questionnaires were completed in consecutive years by 327 students (56% girls) followed longitudinally from grade 7 to grade 8 to examine the stability of social standing in peer groups and correlates of changes in social standing. Social preference, perceived popularity, network…
Descriptors: Aggression, Drinking, Cognitive Mapping, Grade 8
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Stanbury, Stacey; Bruce, Mary Alice; Jain, Sachin; Stellern, John – Journal of School Counseling, 2009
This article discusses the development, implementation, and effects of a middle school empathy building program that was designed to reduce bullying behavior. Results show that participants in the intervention group reported engaging in significantly less bullying behavior as compared to the control group, and the program was particularly…
Descriptors: Bullying, Empathy, Program Development, Program Implementation
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Punamaki, Raija-Leena; Wallenius, Marjut; Holtto, Hanna; Nygard, Clas-Hakan; Rimpela, Arja – International Journal of Behavioral Development, 2009
The study aims were, first, to examine the associations between the type and intensity of ICT (Information and Communication Technology) and peer and parent relationships. Second, the study explored gender- and age-specific ICT usage and their associations with peer and parent relationships. The participants were 478 Finnish 10- and 13-year-old…
Descriptors: Mothers, Economically Disadvantaged, Early Adolescents, Adolescents
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Rueger, Sandra Yu; Malecki, Christine Kerres; Demaray, Michelle Kilpatrick – School Psychology Quarterly, 2008
The current study is an investigation of early adolescents' perceptions of social support from parents, teachers, classmates, and close friends, and how that support is related to measures of students' adjustment on a range of behavioral indices. Data were collected on a sample of 246 students in Grades 6 through 8 using the Child and Adolescent…
Descriptors: Social Support Groups, Females, Early Adolescents, Rating Scales
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Carlson, Ginger Apling; Grant, Kathryn E. – Journal of Early Adolescence, 2008
This study used self-report symptom inventories administered in school classrooms to examine relations among gender, psychological symptoms, stress, and coping in 1,200 low-income African American urban early adolescents. Girls reported more symptoms than boys, accounted for by higher internalizing symptoms. Boys reported more stress than girls,…
Descriptors: Females, Psychopathology, Adolescents, Coping
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Walcott, Christy M.; Upton, Amber; Bolen, Larry M.; Brown, Michael B. – Psychology in the Schools, 2008
Different functions within different forms of aggression were examined in relation to peer-perceived preference and popularity among middle school students. Two hundred and three 7th grade students were nominated by a subset of their grade mates based on indices of likeability, popularity, and aggressiveness. Both linear and curvilinear…
Descriptors: Aggression, Grade 7, Peer Acceptance, Early Adolescents
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Ingoldsby, Erin M.; Kohl, Gwynne O.; McMahon, Robert J.; Lengua, Liliana – Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, 2006
The present study investigated patterns in the development of conduct problems (CP), depressive symptoms, and their co-occurrence, and relations to adjustment problems, over the transition from late childhood to early adolescence. Rates of depressive symptoms and CP during this developmental period vary by gender; yet, few studies involving…
Descriptors: Early Adolescents, Behavior Problems, Depression (Psychology), Symptoms (Individual Disorders)
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Flohr, Judith A.; Todd, M. Kent; Tudor-Locke, Catrine – Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport, 2006
The purpose of this study was to evaluate the physical activity (PA) patterns of children. Forty-four 7th-grade students (19 boys, 25 girls) recorded pedometer data for 2 consecutive weeks. Separate 2 x 3 repeated measures analyses of variance were used to examine differences in total steps/day between boys and girls and between after-school…
Descriptors: Physical Education, Health Behavior, Physical Activities, Females
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Cortes, Rebecca C.; Fleming, Charles B.; Catalano, Richard F.; Brown, Eric C. – Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 2006
This study reports on relationships among gender, maternal depressed mood, and children's trajectories of depressive phenomena across middle childhood and early adolescence. It tested the hypothesis that, compared to boys, girls become increasingly vulnerable to maternal depression as they enter adolescence. The study sample consisted of 834…
Descriptors: Mothers, Depression (Psychology), Hypothesis Testing, Children
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Blitstein, Jonathan L.; Murray, David M.; Lytle, Leslie A.; Birnbaum, Amanda S.; Perry, Cheryl L. – Health Education & Behavior, 2005
The authors assessed a cohort of 2,335 students from the Minneapolis, Minnesota, area to identify predictors of violent behavior and to determine whether the predictors varied by gender. The sample was 76% White; boys and girls were equally represented. The majority lived with two parents. A measure of violent behavior collected at the end of the…
Descriptors: Violence, Females, Early Adolescents, Gender Differences
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Bowker, Anne – Journal of Early Adolescence, 2004
This study examined the stability of early adolescent best friendships across a school year. Grade 7 students (N = 174) participated in group-testing sessions in the fall and spring of their school year. Participants completed peer-nomination measures, described the quality of their best friendships, their knowledge of their best friend, and their…
Descriptors: Early Adolescents, Grade 7, Friendship, Peer Relationship