ERIC Number: EJ1169015
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018-Mar
Abstractor: As Provided
Relations between Popularity and Prosocial Behavior in Middle School and High School Chinese Adolescents
Lu, Ting; Li, Ling; Niu, Li; Jin, Shenghua; French, Doran C.
International Journal of Behavioral Development, v42 n2 p175-181 Mar 2018
The concurrent and longitudinal associations between popularity, likeability, and prosocial behavior were evaluated in this three-year study of middle school and high school Chinese adolescents. The initial sample included 766 middle school (mean age = 13.3 years) and 668 high school participants (mean age = 16.6 years); there were 880 (399 girls) middle school and 841 (450 girls) adolescents who participated in at least one year of data collection. Significant positive associations between popularity, prosociality, and academic achievement were found. Both popularity and likeability concurrently predicted significant unique variance in prosocial behavior after controlling for academic achievement; longitudinal cross-lagged analyses revealed bi-directional associations between popularity and prosocial behavior such that popularity positively predicted subsequent prosocial behavior and prosocial behavior predicted subsequent popularity. Cross-cultural research on popularity may profitably focus on variation in prosocial behavior as the relative salience of coercive and prosocial control strategies may vary across cultures.
Descriptors: Prosocial Behavior, Adolescents, Peer Acceptance, Middle School Students, High School Students, Academic Achievement, Individual Development, Longitudinal Studies, Foreign Countries, Comparative Analysis, Correlation, Regression (Statistics), Grade 7, Grade 8, Grade 9, Grade 10, Grade 11, Grade 12
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Middle Schools
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Identifiers - Location: China