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Girls' stable peer status and their adulthood adjustment: A longitudinal study from age 10 to age 43.
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Psychology.
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Psychology.
2006 (English)In: International Journal of Behavioral Development, ISSN 0165-0254, Vol. 30, no 4, 315-325 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Stable peer status clusters of rejected, popular, and average girls from ages 10 to 13 were identified and associated to young and middle adulthood adjustment. The study included a representative sample of 445 females from the longitudinal research program Individual Development and Adaptation. Results showed that, by young adulthood, rejected girls were at increased risks for criminal offending and especially alcohol abuse (two and eight times increased risk, respectively). In midlife, popular girls had achieved a more successful vocational career than average girls. However, for most midlife adjustment areas, like social relations and subjective well-being, there were no significant differences between the stable childhood clusters. To test an incidental explanatory model, childhood confounding variables (aggression, withdrawal, academic achievement, and SES) were introduced and explained some of the significant relations.

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2006. Vol. 30, no 4, 315-325 p.
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adult adjustment, cluster analysis, sociometric peer status
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-19974DOI: doi:10.1177/0165025406072793OAI: diva2:186499
The data collections were supported by grants from the Swedish National Board of Education, the Swedish Committee for the Planning and Coordination of Research, The Bank of Sweden Tercentenary Foundation, the Swedish Social Research Council, and The Orebro County Council.Available from: 2007-11-21 Created: 2007-11-21 Last updated: 2011-01-11Bibliographically approved

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