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NCJ Number: 229434 Find in a Library
Title: Social Aggression and Social Position in Middle Childhood and Early Adolescence: Burning Bridges or Building Them?
Journal: Journal of Early Adolescence  Volume:30  Issue:1  Dated:February 2010  Pages:122-137
Author(s): Jennifer Watling Neal
Date Published: February 2010
Page Count: 16
Document: HTML (Publisher Site)
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study used social dominance theory to review earlier research on social aggression and social position in middle childhood and early adolescence.
Abstract: Because the mechanism of harm used in social aggression generally involves the manipulation of peer relationships, it is important to consider its social correlates. The current article uses social dominance theory as a frame to review developmental research on social aggression perpetration and three indicators of social position: sociometric status, perceived popularity, and social network position. Consistent with social dominance theory, social aggression is positively associated with indicators of social position that reflect influence in the peer hierarchy (i.e., perceived popularity and social network position). However, these behaviors are also negatively associated with indicators of social position that reflect likeability (i.e., sociometric status), suggesting that they are not without social trade-offs. Thus, depending on how social position is operationalized, social aggression can be associated with building or burning bridges to peers. Potential moderators and implications for intervention within school-based contexts are discussed. (Published Abstract)
Main Term(s): Juveniles
Index Term(s): Adolescent attitudes; Aggression; Peer influences on behavior; Positive peer culture; Social network analysis; Social organization
Note: For additional articles in this special issue see NCJ-229429-33 and NCJ-229435-36.
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