By W. A. Scott, William Scott
According to unique reasearch performed from Phoenix to Hong Kong, Adjustment of kids examines adolescent adjustment to college, friends and family throughout seven cultures.
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Sociometric status or popularity was not a very reliable variable, largely because interpersonal preferences of this sort tend to be mutual rather than consensual within groups such as a classroom (Scott and Cohen, 1979a, 1978b). Perhaps a more discriminating instrument, such as ranking or rating of each class member, would have yielded more stable measures, but this procedure used on university students (Scott, 1965) also yielded mainly reciprocal, rather than consensual, choices of friends. Consensual choices are more likely to appear for objective attributes such as ability, rather than for affective attributes, such as liking.
Turning to reports on the child’s hostility, all three judges, the self, parent and teacher, showed a positive association between verbal ability and low hostility. 14). 22). And, finally, the school means study had a consistent cross-cultural association only with young age and low parental education. Demographic and Coping Styles Correlates of Adjustment In the following chapters we will be describing the unique contributions of the coping styles, demographic characteristics, and social environmental measures which hold across all samples.
These samples did have different means on some variables used in this study. We will deal with these in Chapter 8 as indicators of the social environment, represented by measured (cultural norms) and unmeasured (error) attributable to between sample differences. We cover the possible moderating effects of sex and age in some detail in Chapter 3 which we found to be negligible when taken into account along with our other variables. Though we do not discuss the possible moderating effect of minority group membership within samples, we did examine it, as we had found that it did moderate our data from Australia in a previous study (Scott and Scott, 1989), with migrants more likely to be less satisfied with school when doing well as far as marks were concerned though the native-born Australians showed a positive association between these two variables.