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Rosen, Lisa H.; Underwood, Marion K.; Beron, Kurt J. – Merrill-Palmer Quarterly: Journal of Developmental Psychology, 2011
This study examined the relations among facial attractiveness, peer victimization, and internalizing problems in early adolescence. We hypothesized that experiences of peer victimization would partially mediate the relationship between attractiveness and internalizing problems. Ratings of attractiveness were obtained from standardized photographs…
Descriptors: Intervention, Structural Equation Models, Early Adolescents, Grade 6
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Mayeux, Lara – Merrill-Palmer Quarterly: Journal of Developmental Psychology, 2011
Perceived popularity is associated with both positive and negative characteristics, and adolescents' stereotypes associated with popularity reflect this paradox. The current study investigated adolescents' stereotypes associated with popularity and gender, as well as their liking for popular peers who engage in prosocial, antisocial, and…
Descriptors: Sex Stereotypes, Antisocial Behavior, Peer Relationship, Adolescents
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Van Zalk, Nejra; Kerr, Margaret – Merrill-Palmer Quarterly: Journal of Developmental Psychology, 2011
Two kinds of parental behaviors--psychological control and emotional warmth--have been linked with children's shy behaviors. The questions we addressed are whether this applies to adolescent shyness, and whether shyness in itself might also affect perceptions of parental behaviors. The participants were 916 seventh to ninth graders in a…
Descriptors: Shyness, Parent Child Relationship, Adolescents, Grade 9
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Li, Yan; Putallaz, Martha; Su, Yanjie – Merrill-Palmer Quarterly: Journal of Developmental Psychology, 2011
This study examined how interparental conflict styles related to Chinese children's overt and relational aggression directly and indirectly through parenting behaviors. Mothers (n = 670) and fathers (n = 570) reported their overt and covert interparental conflict styles and different parenting behaviors. Children's (n = 671) aggression was…
Descriptors: Conflict, Child Rearing, Parent Child Relationship, Cultural Context
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Altermatt, Ellen Rydell; Ivers, Ivy E. – Merrill-Palmer Quarterly: Journal of Developmental Psychology, 2011
This study examined social support processes in the context of positive events. The conversations of fourth-grade through sixth-grade focal children and their friends (N = 116) were observed after focal children outperformed their friend on an achievement-related task. Changes in focal children's performance-related positive affect from…
Descriptors: Help Seeking, Friendship, Student Adjustment, Self Disclosure (Individuals)
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Barr, Rachel; Lauricella, Alexis; Zach, Elizabeth; Calvert, Sandra L. – Merrill-Palmer Quarterly: Journal of Developmental Psychology, 2010
This study described the relations among the amount of child-directed versus adult-directed television exposure at ages 1 and 4 with cognitive outcomes at age 4. Sixty parents completed 24-hour television diaries when their children were 1 and 4 years of age. At age 4, their children also completed a series of cognitive measures and parents…
Descriptors: Programming (Broadcast), Young Children, Diaries, Mass Media Effects
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Laursen, Brett; Hafen, Christopher A.; Rubin, Kenneth H.; Booth-LaForce, Cathryn; Rose-Krasnor, Linda – Merrill-Palmer Quarterly: Journal of Developmental Psychology, 2010
This study examines whether disagreeable youth are distinct from aggressive youth, victimized youth, and withdrawn youth. Young adolescents (120 girls and 104 boys, M = 13.59 years old) completed personality and adjustment inventories. Aggression, withdrawal, and victimization scores were derived from peer nominations (N = 807). Cluster analyses…
Descriptors: Aggression, Mothers, Adolescents, Withdrawal (Psychology)
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Coplan, Robert J.; Weeks, Murray – Merrill-Palmer Quarterly: Journal of Developmental Psychology, 2010
The goal of this study was to explore the socioemotional adjustment of unsociable (versus shy) children in middle childhood. The participants in this study were 186 children aged 6-8 years (M[subscript age] = 7.59 years, SD = 0.31). Multisource assessment was employed, including maternal ratings, teacher ratings, and individual child interviews.…
Descriptors: Evidence, Children, Program Effectiveness, Gender Differences
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Winter, Marcia A.; Davies, Patrick T.; Cummings, E. Mark – Merrill-Palmer Quarterly: Journal of Developmental Psychology, 2010
This multimethod study examined the association between family instability and children's internal representations of security in the family system within the context of maternal communications about disruptive family events. Participants included 224 kindergarten children (100 boys and 124 girls) and their parents. Parents reported on the…
Descriptors: Parent Child Relationship, Kindergarten, Communications, Family Problems
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Jones, Martin H.; Estell, David B. – Merrill-Palmer Quarterly: Journal of Developmental Psychology, 2010
The current study follows two cohorts of fourth and fifth graders across 1 school year to better understand why some students change peer groups. The study focuses on popularity and intragroup social status. We examined whether differences between individuals' and group members' self-perceptions of popularity were related to changing peer groups.…
Descriptors: Group Membership, Social Status, Peer Groups, Comparative Analysis
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Sterry, Terry W.; Reiter-Purtill, Jennifer; Gartstein, Maria A.; Gerhardt, Cynthia A.; Vannatta, Kathryn; Noll, Robert B. – Merrill-Palmer Quarterly: Journal of Developmental Psychology, 2010
This study examined whether children's social behavior mediated the associations between specific dimensions of temperament and peer acceptance, and whether these associations were moderated by gender. We also explored the role of child's age on the associations between temperament and social functioning. Primary caregiver reports of temperament…
Descriptors: Social Behavior, Females, Personality, Organizations (Groups)
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Velasquez, Ana Maria; Santo, Jonathan Bruce; Saldarriaga, Lina Maria; Lopez, Luz Stella; Bukowski, William M. – Merrill-Palmer Quarterly: Journal of Developmental Psychology, 2010
Contextual differences in the association between different forms of aggressive behavior and victimization were studied with a sample of 197 boys and 149 girls from mixed-sex schools and in 336 girls from all-girl schools (M = 10.21 years of age) in two cities in Colombia. Results showed that boys generally engage in more physical than relational…
Descriptors: Aggression, Females, Victims of Crime, Males
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Bennett, Joanna; Muller, Ulrich – Merrill-Palmer Quarterly: Journal of Developmental Psychology, 2010
This study examined the development of flexibility and abstraction in preschool children by using a newly designed Pattern Completion Task (PCT) and the Flexible Item Selection Task (FIST). In the PCT, children were presented with an incomplete pattern consisting of different-colored shapes and were asked to select the colored shape that…
Descriptors: Preschool Children, Item Analysis, Task Analysis, Child Development
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Sandstrom, Marlene J.; Cillessen, Antonius H. N. – Merrill-Palmer Quarterly: Journal of Developmental Psychology, 2010
This project examines the adjustment sequelae of perceived popularity beyond high school, and the moderating role of relational aggression (RA) in this process. Yearly sociometric measures of popularity and RA were gathered across grades 9-12 for a sample of 264 adolescents in a lower-middle-class high school. In addition, data on post-high school…
Descriptors: High Schools, Females, Psychopathology, Student Adjustment
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Mills, Rosemary S. L.; Arbeau, Kimberley A.; Lall, Debra I. K.; De Jaeger, Amy E. – Merrill-Palmer Quarterly: Journal of Developmental Psychology, 2010
We examined individual differences in shame responding in early childhood and predictive relations with shame proneness in middle childhood. Child shame responding, parental shaming, and child temperamental inhibition were assessed at Time 1 (n = 225, aged 3-4 years), shame responding was reassessed at Time 2 (n = 199, aged 5-7 years), and shame…
Descriptors: Mothers, Child Rearing, Inhibition, Parent Child Relationship
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