Early adolescents' social standing in peer groups: behavioral correlates of stability and change.

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Journal Article

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 centrality, and leadership were moderately stable from grade 7 to grade 8. Alcohol use and relational aggression in grade 7 predicted changes in social preference and centrality, respectively, between grade 7 and grade 8, but these effects were moderated by gender and ethnicity. Changes in social standing from grade 7 to grade 8 were unrelated to grade 8 physical aggression, relational aggression, and alcohol use after controlling for the grade 7 corollaries of these behaviors. Results are discussed in terms of their implications for understanding links between social standing and problem behaviors during adolescence.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Lansford, JE; Killeya-Jones, LA; Miller, S; Costanzo, PR

Published Date

  • September 2009

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 38 / 8

Start / End Page

  • 1084 - 1095

PubMed ID

  • 19636773

Pubmed Central ID

  • 19636773

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1573-6601

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0047-2891

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1007/s10964-009-9410-3

Language

  • eng