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Title:Social life in middle school: Peer rejection, behavioral style, and loneliness
Author(s):Parkhurst, Jennifer Thompson
Doctoral Committee Chair(s):Asher, Steven R.
Department / Program:Education, Sociology of
Psychology, Developmental
Discipline:Education, Sociology of
Psychology, Developmental
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject(s):Education, Sociology of
Psychology, Developmental
Abstract:This study was designed to learn whether subgroups of peer-rejected middle school students could be identified, corresponding to internalizing and externalizing styles, and whether these groups differed not only in behavior, but in loneliness and social concerns. Sociometric nominations, peer behavioral assessment data, loneliness and social dissatisfaction information, and responses to a newly-developed social concerns measure were obtained from 450 seventh- and eighth-grade middle school students. Results indicated the existence of two distinct subgroups, one described by their peers as starting fights and the other as easy to push around. The groups also differed in their degree of loneliness and their social concerns, with the Submissive-Rejected group reporting greater loneliness, social anxiety, and worry about their relations with others. Although the groups differed on several behavioral dimensions, both groups were perceived by peers as low in prosocial behavior and as unable to take teasing.
Issue Date:1989
Rights Information:Copyright 1989 Parkhurst, Jennifer Thompson
Date Available in IDEALS:2011-05-07
Identifier in Online Catalog:AAI8924916
OCLC Identifier:(UMI)AAI8924916

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