Yearning for popularity: how do popularity determinants and popularity goals predict aggression and experiences in the peer group?

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dc.contributor Barth, Joan M.
dc.contributor Gilpin, Ansley
dc.contributor Kois, Lauren
dc.contributor Parker, Jeffery G.
dc.contributor.advisor McDonald, Kristina L. Seo, Sunmi 2021-07-07T14:37:16Z 2021-07-07T14:37:16Z 2021
dc.identifier.other u0015_0000001_0003841
dc.identifier.other Seo_alatus_0004D_14353
dc.description Electronic Thesis or Dissertation
dc.description.abstract Previous studies have indicated that adolescents are more likely to prioritize popularity goals over other values such as maintaining friendships and academics, and popularity goals are associated with adolescents’ relational and overt aggression. However, there has been little attention to exploring why adolescents who want to be popular act aggressively. Research has not yet examined how popularity goals and beliefs about determinants of popularity may interact to predict adolescent aggression. Additionally, aggression, in general, is not accepted by the peer group. Moreover, there have been mixed findings about whether popularity goals and popularity status interact to predict aggression. Thus, the current study aimed to examine how aggression may explain how popularity goals are related to victimization and if these relationships differed by how youth thought about popularity, their popularity status, and between boys and girls. Participants were 292 adolescents (60.3% females, 55.5% 8th grade, and 85% White/Caucasian) from the Southern United States. The current study found that overt aggression partly explained the relation of popularity goals with victimization. Our study also found that relational aggression accounted for the association between popularity goals and victimization for girls, but popularity status strengthened this indirect effect. The findings suggest that understanding motivations for popularity may be important for explaining positive and negative peer group dynamics.
dc.format.extent 93 p.
dc.format.medium electronic
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf
dc.language English
dc.language.iso en_US
dc.publisher University of Alabama Libraries
dc.relation.ispartof The University of Alabama Electronic Theses and Dissertations
dc.relation.ispartof The University of Alabama Libraries Digital Collections
dc.relation.hasversion born digital
dc.rights All rights reserved by the author unless otherwise indicated.
dc.subject.other Developmental psychology
dc.subject.other Psychology
dc.title Yearning for popularity: how do popularity determinants and popularity goals predict aggression and experiences in the peer group?
dc.type thesis
dc.type text University of Alabama. Department of Psychology Psychology The University of Alabama doctoral Ph.D.

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