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Heterogeneity of Peer-Rejected Girls

Doran C. French
Child Development
Vol. 61, No. 6 (Dec., 1990), pp. 2028-2031
Published by: Wiley on behalf of the Society for Research in Child Development
DOI: 10.2307/1130856
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/1130856
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Heterogeneity of Peer-Rejected Girls
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Abstract

Heterogeneity within a sample of 46 peer-rejected 8-10-year-old girls was investigated using cluster analysis procedures. Rejected girls were identified using rating sociometrics, and peer and teacher behavior rating measures were obtained. 2 large clusters emerged from the analysis, with one of these being more deviant than the other. The more deviant group was characterized by withdrawal, anxiety, and low academic functioning. In contrast to findings previously reported for boys, aggression scores did not differentiate the 2 clusters. Thus, it does not appear that the use of a combination of aggression and rejection criteria identifies the most deviant group of girls.

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