American Journal of Community Psychology

, Volume 14, Issue 6, pp 607–628 | Cite as

Social networks and social competence: Exploring the effects of early adolescent friendships

  • Ana Mari Cauce


Perhaps the main significance of this work was in its methodological contributions. Most noteworthy were its attempts to expand network analysis beyond the examination of supportive functions, the use of a more objective measure of social support, and the use of a multivariate hierarchical strategy of analysis.

This study obtained correlations between social network variables and social competence indices that were highly suggestive. However, it is important to keep in mind that the sample under investigation was fairly small and relatively homogeneous with respect to ethnicity, social class, and even values. Whether the exact nature of these relationships will generalize to different samples remains an empirical question. In fact, one would suppose that some of the results would be quite different for a population that does not highly value school. Further research, ideally longitudinal in nature, is sorely needed to address some of the issues raised by this study, both in terms of the social support/network literature and the possibly changing characteristics of minority children and their social environments as they move from preadolescence to adolescence.


Social Support Social Network Social Psychology Health Psychology Network Analysis 
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  • Ana Mari Cauce
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  1. 1.Department of PsychologyUniversity of WashingtonSeattle

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