Popularity in the Peer System (Hardback)
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Popularity in the Peer System (Hardback)

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Hardback 306 Pages / Published: 09/03/2011
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Bringing together leading researchers, this is the first volume to comprehensively examine popularity among children and adolescents: what it is, how it is attained, and its impact on peer interaction and individual development. The book clarifies how popularity is distinct from being socially accepted or well liked and how it is different for girls and boys. Behaviors that characterize popular peers are explored, as are the developmental benefits and risks of popularity and its connections to peer influence processes. Innovative measurement approaches and research designs are clearly described.

Publisher: Guilford Publications
ISBN: 9781609180669
Number of pages: 306
Weight: 572 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 28 mm


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A comprehensive analysis of theory and research on popularity in peer contexts, from some of the discipline's best scholars. The editors provide a fresh and engaging framework within which to explore a longstanding area of investigation. Contributors offer conceptually provocative perspectives, identify pivotal issues and problems, analyze and interpret existing evidence, and describe new directions for investigation. An indispensable resource for anyone interested in peer relations.--Gary W. Ladd, PhD, Cowden Distinguished Professor, School of Social and Family Dynamics, Arizona State University

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

-_x000D_The editors provide a thorough research base of articles. This allows the school social worker access to current literature to substantiate interventions created when working with youth. Another strength of the text is that the reader is challenged to question what further research is necessary to better understand peer relationships. This dares school social workers to think, not only as treatment providers, but also as life learners.--School Social Work Journal, 10/16/2013

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