Publisher: Guilford Publications
Number of pages: 306
Weight: 572 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 28 mm
Popularity, or high status in the peer group, is a social goal that can have problematic consequences for children and youth through its potential for promoting high-risk behavior and interfering with the formation of healthy close friendships. This important volume offers a timely integration of what has been learned about popularity, how it differs from peer acceptance, and how the dynamics and meaning of popularity may change over age and vary as a function of gender and culture. The editors and contributors serve the field well by suggesting an agenda for future research in this growing area.--Steven R. Asher, PhD, Department of Psychology and Neuroscience, Duke University
Why do young people seek popularity? Why do popular youth manifest a mix of prosocial and antisocial behaviors? Popularity in the Peer System provides clear answers to these questions. If this up-to-date, practical reference does not convince you that popularity and likeability are two different concepts, nothing ever will!--Rene Veenstra, PhD, Department of Sociology, University of Groningen, The Netherlands
This timely volume returns to a classic topic to summarize recent advances in studying popularity. The coverage of conceptual and methodological issues is especially strong. From leading scholars in the burgeoning field of peer relationships, the volume is certain to be an important reference for newcomers to the topic of popularity as well as those who have long studied the issue. It would be a good text for an advanced graduate seminar on peer relationships.--Brett Laursen, PhD, Department of Psychology, Florida Atlantic University
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