Popularity in the Peer System

Un libro in lingua di Cillessen Antonius H. N. (EDT) Schwartz David (EDT) Mayeux Lara (EDT) Van Ryzin Mark J edito da Guilford Pubn, 2011

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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 abilities. Throughout the book, implications for prevention and intervention with adolescents are highlighted.

continued from front flap Comprehensive and authoritative, this thought-provoking book is a unique addition to the professional libraries of researchers and practitioners in developmental, clinical, school, and educational psychology; counseling; and related disciplines. Graduate students will find it an informative and accessible text.

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