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Title:Popularity in fifth grade friendship networks: selection and influence processes
Author(s):Logis, Handrea
Advisor(s):Rodkin, Philip C.
Contributor(s):Rudolph, Karen D.; Espelage, Dorothy L.
Department / Program:Educational Psychology
Discipline:Educational Psychology
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Degree:M.S.
Genre:Thesis
Subject(s):selection
influence
peer relationship
aggression
prosocial behavior
popularity
longitudinal social network analysis (SIENA)
Abstract:This study investigated the role of popularity in selection and influence processes in friendship networks. A longitudinal social network analysis (SIENA) was utilized to study 613 fifth grade students in 26 classrooms in two study sites. Results showed that youth chose their friends based on similarity in popularity more than similarity in aggressive or prosocial behavior. Friendship between popular-aggressive (tough) and popular-prosocial (model) youth occurred at chance levels. Early adolescents varied in their selection of tough and model youth, but influence effects were consistently significant for popular status, aggression, and prosocial behavior. Implications of susceptibility to the influence of tough and model peers is discussed, with reference to peer focused intervention programs that aim to reduce hostility in school settings.
Issue Date:2012-09-18
URI:http://hdl.handle.net/2142/34450
Rights Information:Copyright 2012 Handrea Logis
Date Available in IDEALS:2012-09-18
2014-09-18
Date Deposited:2012-08


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