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Gepubliceerd in: Journal of Youth and Adolescence 3/2023

10-12-2022 | Empirical Research

Best Friend’s Popularity: Associations with Psychological Well-Being and School Adjustment in China During Early Adolescence

Auteurs: Yan Sun, Julie C. Bowker, Robert J. Coplan, Junsheng Liu, Biao Sang

Gepubliceerd in: Journal of Youth and Adolescence | Uitgave 3/2023

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Abstract

Popularity has been empirically linked to psychological and several indices of school adjustment outcomes during childhood and early adolescence. Yet, best friend popularity in relation to the adjustment outcomes remains unclear, especially in more interdependent-oriented cultures. To address this gap, this study applied the Actor-Partner Interdependence Model (APIM) to simultaneously considering whether, and how, the popularity of youth (actor effects) and their best friends (partner effects) contribute uniquely to psychological well-being and school adjustment outcomes, after controlling for social preference. Age and gender differences were also examined. Participants were 162 same-gender best friend dyads (81 boys, Mage = 11.24 years, SD = 1.18) from Shanghai, P.R. China. Among the results, both youth’s own and their best friends’ popularity were positively related to self-esteem and school attitudes, and negatively related to depressive symptoms. In addition, results from multi-group analyses revealed both actor and partner effects did not vary across gender. Finally, exploratory analyses showed that only actor effects varied across age for the associations between popularity and self-esteem and school attitudes. These findings highlight the important role of the best friend’s popularity in promoting Chinese youth’s experiences of psychological and school adjustment.
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Metagegevens
Titel
Best Friend’s Popularity: Associations with Psychological Well-Being and School Adjustment in China During Early Adolescence
Auteurs
Yan Sun
Julie C. Bowker
Robert J. Coplan
Junsheng Liu
Biao Sang
Publicatiedatum
10-12-2022
Uitgeverij
Springer US
Gepubliceerd in
Journal of Youth and Adolescence / Uitgave 3/2023
Print ISSN: 0047-2891
Elektronisch ISSN: 1573-6601
DOI
https://doi.org/10.1007/s10964-022-01719-w

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