Centrality in children's best friend networks: the role of social behaviour

Betts, L.R. ORCID: 0000-0002-6147-8089 and Stiller, J. ORCID: 0000-0002-6122-5911, 2014. Centrality in children's best friend networks: the role of social behaviour. British Journal of Developmental Psychology, 32 (1), pp. 34-49. ISSN 2044-835X

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Centrality is an indicator of an individual's relative importance within a social group. Predictors of centrality in best friendship networks were examined in 146 children (70 boys, 76 girls, Mage= 9.95). Children completed measures of social confidence, social desirability, friendship quality, school liking, and loneliness, and nominated their best friends from within their class at two time points, 3 months apart. Multigroup path analysis revealed gender differences in the antecedents of centrality. Social confidence, social desirability, and friendship quality predicted changes in the indicators of centrality in best friend networks over time. In boys’ social behaviour positively predicted changes in centrality whereas in girls’ social behaviour negatively predicted changes in centrality. Together, these findings suggest that some aspects of social behaviour are influential for centrality in best friend groups.

Item Type: Journal article
Alternative Title: Dynamics of best friend networks [running head]
Publication Title: British Journal of Developmental Psychology
Creators: Betts, L.R. and Stiller, J.
Publisher: Wiley
Date: 2014
Volume: 32
Number: 1
ISSN: 2044-835X
Divisions: Schools > School of Social Sciences
Record created by: EPrints Services
Date Added: 09 Oct 2015 10:10
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2017 13:21
URI: https://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/8819

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