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Citation

Schwartz D, Gorman AH, Nakamoto J, McKay T. Dev. Psychol. 2006; 42(6): 1116-1127.

Affiliation

Department of Psychology, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA 90089, USA.

Copyright

(Copyright © 2006, American Psychological Association)

DOI

10.1037/0012-1649.42.6.1116

PMID

17087546

Abstract

This article reports a short-term longitudinal study focusing on popularity and social acceptance as predictors of academic engagement for a sample of 342 adolescents (approximate average age of 14). These youths were followed for 4 consecutive semesters. Popularity, social acceptance, and aggression were assessed with a peer nomination inventory, and data on academic engagement were obtained from school records. For adolescents who were highly aggressive, increases in popularity were associated with increases in unexplained absences and decreases in grade point average. Conversely, changes in social acceptance were not predictive of changes in grade point average or unexplained absences. These results highlight the importance of multidimensional conceptualizations of social standing for research on school adjustment during adolescence and emphasize the potential risks associated with popularity.


Language: en

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