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Popularity in the Peer System
Author: Antonius H. N. Cillessen

ISBN: 9781609180669
Format: Hardcover
Number Of Pages: 306
Published: 19 January 2011
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2 x 2.8
In recent years, the field of child and adolescent peer relations has moved beyond the study of peer rejection to turn its attention to popularity as well. This is the first volume to synthesize current knowledge in this growing area of research, examining what popularity is, how it is attained, and its connections to both healthy and maladaptive developmental outcomes. Exploring die complexities of social power in die peer group-and overturning some common misconceptions along the way-leading researchers present innovative methods, ideas, and findings.

The book clarifies how popularity is distinct from being accepted or well liked. Rather, to children and adolescents, "being popular" implies high social status and visibility and is associated with both positive and negative attributes.

Particular emphasis is given to die risks and benefits of being popular. The volume reviews research linking popularity to substance use, poor academic performance, and other adjustment problems. Contributors also address die positive side of popularity, including its association with social competence and leadership abilit...

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