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Gepubliceerd in: Journal of Youth and Adolescence 3/2015

01-03-2015 | Empirical Research

Peer Status and Aggression as Predictors of Dating Popularity in Adolescence

Auteurs: John J. Houser, Lara Mayeux, Cassandra Cross

Gepubliceerd in: Journal of Youth and Adolescence | Uitgave 3/2015

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Abstract

Research has identified links between dating and aversive behavior such as aggression and bullying in adolescence, highlighting the need for studies that further our understanding of romantic relationships and their dynamics during this period. This study tested the associations between dating popularity and overt and relational aggression, social preference, and peer popularity. Of particular interest were the moderating roles of social preference and peer popularity in the association of aggression with dating popularity. Further moderation by gender was also explored. Participants were 478 ninth-graders (48 % girls) with peer nomination scores for peer status, aggression, and dating popularity. Dating popularity was positively correlated with popularity, social preference, and overt and relational aggression. Regression models indicated that popular, overtly aggressive girls were seen as desirable dating partners by their male peers. Relational aggression was associated with dating popularity for both boys and girls, especially for youths who were well-liked by peers. These findings are interpreted in light of developmental–contextual perspectives on adolescent romantic relationships and Resource Control Theory.
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Metagegevens
Titel
Peer Status and Aggression as Predictors of Dating Popularity in Adolescence
Auteurs
John J. Houser
Lara Mayeux
Cassandra Cross
Publicatiedatum
01-03-2015
Uitgeverij
Springer US
Gepubliceerd in
Journal of Youth and Adolescence / Uitgave 3/2015
Print ISSN: 0047-2891
Elektronisch ISSN: 1573-6601
DOI
https://doi.org/10.1007/s10964-014-0174-z

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