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Gatz, Jennifer; Kelly, Angela M.; Clark, Sheri L. – Journal of Early Adolescence, 2019
This study explored the effects of a middle school physical activity intervention for adolescent girls on the executive functioning involved in science learning. The girls, ages 11 to 14, were at risk for low self-esteem, sedentary lifestyle, and poor health outcomes. Executive function stems from interdependent cognitive control processes that…
Descriptors: At Risk Students, Middle School Students, Females, Executive Function
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Meisel, Samuel N.; Colder, Craig R. – Journal of Early Adolescence, 2019
Peer relations researchers have suggested that dyadic and peer group relationship characteristics may interact with each other to affect behavior. Building on prior work that has pitted the relative effects of dyadic and peer group relationship characteristics on susceptibility to peer influence, the present study sought to integrate dyadic and…
Descriptors: Peer Relationship, Friendship, Substance Abuse, Peer Influence
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Colder, Craig R.; Read, Jennifer P.; Wieczorek, William F.; Eiden, Rina D.; Lengua, Liliana J.; Hawk, Larry W., Jr.; Trucco, Elisa M.; Lopez-Vergara, Hector I. – Journal of Early Adolescence, 2017
Early adolescence is a dynamic period for the development of alcohol appraisals (expected outcomes of drinking and subjective evaluations of expected outcomes), yet the literature provides a limited understanding of psychosocial factors that shape these appraisals during this period. This study took a comprehensive view of alcohol appraisals and…
Descriptors: Drinking, Predictor Variables, Early Adolescents, Longitudinal Studies
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Forehand, Rex; Parent, Justin; Golub, Andrew; Reid, Megan – Journal of Early Adolescence, 2016
Fathers have often been ignored in the parenting literature. The current study focused on male cohabiting partners (MCPs) who can serve as "social stepfathers" and examined the association of coparent support and conflict with their positive parenting behavior (i.e., acceptance, firm control, and monitoring) of adolescents. Participants…
Descriptors: Fathers, Early Adolescents, Child Rearing, Family Structure
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Goodearl, Anna Ward; Salzinger, Suzanne; Rosario, Margaret – Journal of Early Adolescence, 2014
This study examined how peer relationships contribute to young adolescents' adaptation in the face of exposure to community and family violence. It tested hypotheses about peers' role in processes relating exposure to behavioral and psychological outcomes, specifically, aggression and anxiety. Data were collected from 667 middle school students,…
Descriptors: Correlation, Violence, Anxiety, Family Violence
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Zook, Joan M.; Russotti, Justin M. – Journal of Early Adolescence, 2013
This study examined early adolescents' beliefs about which academic self-presentation strategies hypothetical hard-working, high-achieving students should use with popular peers, adolescents' own use of self-presentation strategies, and links between popularity and self-presentation strategies. In response to scenarios in which popular classmates…
Descriptors: Middle School Students, Peer Acceptance, High Achievement, Grades (Scholastic)
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Bowker, Julie C. – Journal of Early Adolescence, 2011
This study examined young adolescents' experiences with best friendship dissolution. Participants were 77 sixth-grade students (M age = 11.63 years, SD = 0.36; 11.00-12.69 age range) who reported on past experiences with (1) "complete dissolutions" (when friendship ties are completely severed), and (2) "downgrade dissolutions"…
Descriptors: Early Adolescents, Friendship, Adolescents, Psychological Patterns
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Bidjerano, Temi; Newman, Joan – Journal of Early Adolescence, 2010
The study examined boys' and girls' autonomy of choice of activities in the after-school hours with samples of children from two different countries. Preadolescent children from Taiwan (n = 289) and the United States (n = 195) completed a questionnaire on their usual after-school activities indicating who determines the choice of any particular…
Descriptors: Recreational Activities, Females, Foreign Countries, Males
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Metzger, Aaron; Crean, Hugh F.; Forbes-Jones, Emma L. – Journal of Early Adolescence, 2009
This study examines patterns of organized activity and their concurrent association with academic achievement, problem behavior, and perceived adult support in a sample of urban, early adolescent, middle school students (mean age = 13.01; N = 2,495). Cluster analyses yielded six activity profiles: an uninvolved group (n = 775, 31.1%), a multiply…
Descriptors: Urban Youth, Early Adolescents, Participation, Academic Achievement