Friendship and adjustment among adolescents

Meliksah Demir, Kathryn A. Urberg

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Abstract

This study investigated the relation of friendship and emotional adjustment in adolescents. Both quantitative (popularity, mutual friendships, and number of friends) and qualitative dimensions (perceived positive friendship quality and conflict) of friendship were used. Participants were 618, mostly European American, 8th-, 10th-, and 12th-graders. Structural equation modeling showed that positive friendship quality was the only friendship variable that predicted adjustment. An examination of gender effects indicated that this relation held only for boys. The quantitative aspects of friendship had a small, indirect effect on adjustment through their effects on positive quality. Conflict had a negative effect on positive quality and this effect was stronger for girls than for boys. The role of adolescents' perception in adjustment was highlighted and suggestions for future research were made.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)68-82
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of Experimental Child Psychology
Volume88
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - May 2004
Externally publishedYes

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Keywords

  • Adjustment
  • Friendship
  • Friendship quality

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology

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