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Session Type: Paper Symposium
Research aimed at understanding the dynamics of peer relationships must consider two important points: (1) the complexity of interpersonal relationship dynamics and (2) the complexity of structural constraints, such as classrooms and schools, on peer relationship dynamics. Such investigations also present statistical challenges that require the application of innovative methodologies, including data simulation, multilevel modeling, and social network analysis. Thus, this symposium aims to discuss some critical methodological considerations, as well as real world implications for the role of peer network structure in child and adolescent development.
To this end, three papers will be presented that describe how developmental scholars might think about and conceptualize peer network structures using advanced methodological techniques (e.g., simulation, multilevel, social network analysis) in order to address important developmental questions (e.g., bullying, helping behavior). Three presentations from international scholars in the Netherlands, Slovenia, and the USA make up this symposium. The first presentation describes the dynamics behind the creation of peer network structure using simulated social network data. The second presentation builds upon this study by considering how multilevel models can be used to understand the impact of peer network structure at the individual and classroom level, as it relates to important developmental outcomes (e.g., bullying). The third presentation discusses the need to consider multiple and overlapping interactions between specific forms of social network structures (e.g., friendship and helping networks). Discussions consider the significant role of developing peer network structures throughout childhood and adolescence.
Understanding the Creation of Peer Network Structure: New Evidence from Simulations Studies - Presenting Author: Marjan Cugmas, University of Ljubljana; Aleš Žiberna, University of Ljubljana; Anuška Ferligoj, University of Ljubljana; Dawn DeLay, Arizona State University
The Peer Network Structure of Bullying: Individual and Classroom Level Considerations - Presenting Author: Dawn DeLay, Arizona State University; Mark Van Ryzin, Oregon Research Institute; Gerine Lodder, University of Groningen; Laura Hanish, Arizona State University; Rene Veenstra, University of Groningen
A Friend in Need is a Friend Indeed? Examining the Interplay of Early Adolescents’ Friendship and Helping Relations - Presenting Author: Loes G. M. van Rijsewijk, University of Groningen; Tom A. B. Snijders, University of Groningen; Christian E. G. Steglich, University of Groningen; Rene Veenstra, University of Groningen; Jan Kornelis Dijkstra, University of Groningen