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Children in classrooms: peer status, status distribution and mental well-being


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  • Östberg, Viveca
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    This study focuses on social relations in school classes and their importance for mental well-being in middle childhood in a Scottish city. The aspect of social relations under study is peer status and both the individual's own status position and the status distribution of the school class as a whole was considered. The number of children analysed was 13,932 and the number of school classes 524. The results show a clear association at individual level: the higher the status position the more uncommon is malaise. This is true both when malaise is reported by the teacher and by a parent, for both boys and girls and irrespective of the number of friends. The association was also generally present within school. It exists regardless of grade, type of school and class size. Furthermore, a minority of the classes had a more compressed status distribution and here malaise was less common in all status positions. This was especially the case when the school class did not contain marginalized children. Consequently, that some children are marginalized in the group indicates problematic conditions for the persons in question but also for the other group members.

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    Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Social Science & Medicine.

    Volume (Year): 56 (2003)
    Issue (Month): 1 (January)
    Pages: 17-29

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    Handle: RePEc:eee:socmed:v:56:y:2003:i:1:p:17-29

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    Keywords: Schoolchildren Peer status Mental well-being Malaise Scotland;


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    1. Almquist, Ylva B. & Brännström, Lars, 2012. "Childhood Peer Status and the Clustering of Adverse Living Conditions in Adulthood," Working Paper Series 1/2012, Swedish Institute for Social Research.
    2. Almquist, Ylva B. & Brännström, Lars, 2014. "Childhood peer status and the clustering of social, economic, and health-related circumstances in adulthood," Social Science & Medicine, Elsevier, vol. 105(C), pages 67-75.


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