RECOLLECTIONS OF HIGH SCHOOL: WHAT MAKES A GIRL POPULAR?

WCU Author/Contributor (non-WCU co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Harmony Ann Coppola (Creator)
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Western Carolina University (WCU )
Web Site: http://library.wcu.edu/

Abstract: The purpose of this study was to investigate male and female perceptions of variables related to popularity in females. In this study, 120 college female and male freshmen were given a questionnaire asking them to rate highly popular,moderately popular and least popular peers from their high schools. From this data characteristics of popularity and attitudes towards the three peers assessed were compared. It was hypothesized that those females who were perceived as being popular would also be seen as being more aggressive, more pro social, more socially exclusive, and less able to cope with teasing than less popular children.Based on the literature (Adler & Adler, 1998) the factors hypothesized to be most important are socioeconomic status, social development, academic performance,and physical appearance. Lastly, a positive correlation between popularity of first names and perceived peer popularity was hypothesized.

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Publication
Dissertation
Language: English
Date: 2006

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