Characterizing and comparing the friendships of anxious-solitary and unsociable preadolescents.

  title={Characterizing and comparing the friendships of anxious-solitary and unsociable preadolescents.},
  author={Gary W. Ladd and Becky Kochenderfer-Ladd and Natalie D Eggum and Karen P Kochel and Erin M McConnell},
  journal={Child development},
  volume={82 5},
Friendships matter for withdrawn youth because the consequences of peer isolation are severe. From a normative sample of 2,437 fifth graders (1,245 females; M age = 10.25), a subset (n = 1,364; 638 female) was classified into 3 groups (anxious-solitary, unsociable, comparison) and followed across a school year. Findings indicated that it was more common for unsociable than anxious-solitary children to have friends, be stably friended, and participate in multiple friendships. For withdrawn as… CONTINUE READING
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