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Perceived popularity in early adolescence: Sex differences and relationship with loneliness and pubertal timing

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Putarek, Vanja. (2012). Perceived popularity in early adolescence: Sex differences and relationship with loneliness and pubertal timing. Diploma Thesis. Filozofski fakultet u Zagrebu, Department of Psychology. [mentor Keresteš, Gordana].

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Abstract

Perceived popularity and its relationship with other variables is an under-researched field, but very important for social and emotional development in early adolescence. The aim of this study was to examine gender differences in perceived popularity and the relationship of perceived popularity with gender of both the assessor and the assessed person. Furthermore, the relationship between perceived popularity and loneliness, as well as pubertal timing, was also investigated, with gender as a possible moderator in those relationships. Participants in this study were 290 elementary school pupils from sixth and seventh grade. Dana were collected by Sociometric Questionnaire of Perceived Popularity, UCLA Loneliness Scale and Pubertal Development Scale. The study demonstrated that boys were more popular than girls. Furthermore, boys perceive other boys as more popular than girls, whereas girls perceive other girls as more popular than boys. Low popular students are more lonely than average and high popular students, while differences in loneliness between average and high popular students were not found. Girls were lonelier than boys. Students with different pubertal timing did not differ in popularity. Gender did not moderate the relationship of perceived popularity with loneliness and pubertal timing.

Item Type: Diploma Thesis
Uncontrolled Keywords: perceived popularity, early adolescence, gender differences, loneliness, pubertal timing
Subjects: Psychology > Razvojna psihologija
Departments: Department of Psychology
Supervisor: Keresteš, Gordana
Date Deposited: 04 Feb 2014 15:52
Last Modified: 09 Jul 2014 23:24
URI: http://darhiv.ffzg.unizg.hr/id/eprint/4077

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