Journal of Youth and Adolescence

, Volume 38, Issue 8, pp 1084–1095

Early Adolescents’ Social Standing in Peer Groups: Behavioral Correlates of Stability and Change

  • Jennifer E. Lansford
  • Ley A. Killeya-Jones
  • Shari Miller
  • Philip R. Costanzo
Empirical Research

DOI: 10.1007/s10964-009-9410-3

Cite this article as:
Lansford, J.E., Killeya-Jones, L.A., Miller, S. et al. J Youth Adolescence (2009) 38: 1084. doi:10.1007/s10964-009-9410-3


Sociometric nominations, social cognitive maps, and self-report questionnaires were completed in consecutive years by 327 students (56% girls) followed longitudinally from grade 7 to grade 8 to examine the stability of social standing in peer groups and correlates of changes in social standing. Social preference, perceived popularity, network centrality, and leadership were moderately stable from grade 7 to grade 8. Alcohol use and relational aggression in grade 7 predicted changes in social preference and centrality, respectively, between grade 7 and grade 8, but these effects were moderated by gender and ethnicity. Changes in social standing from grade 7 to grade 8 were unrelated to grade 8 physical aggression, relational aggression, and alcohol use after controlling for the grade 7 corollaries of these behaviors. Results are discussed in terms of their implications for understanding links between social standing and problem behaviors during adolescence.


Social preferencePerceived popularityNetwork centralityLeadership

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jennifer E. Lansford
    • 1
  • Ley A. Killeya-Jones
    • 2
  • Shari Miller
    • 3
  • Philip R. Costanzo
    • 4
  1. 1.Center for Child and Family PolicyDuke UniversityDurhamUSA
  2. 2.Center for Genomic MedicineDuke UniversityDurhamUSA
  3. 3.RTI, Research Triangle ParkDurhamUSA
  4. 4.Department of Psychology and NeuroscienceDuke UniversityDurhamUSA