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Allison M. Ryan
University of Michigan
60Publications
24H-index
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Abstract The present study uses multilevel modeling to understand early adolescents’ individual and class-level perceptions of social support in relation to their behavioral and emotional engagement in math and science. To capture individual relationships, we examined students’ self-perceptions of classroom social satisfaction, best friend quality, and teacher-student relatedness. Between classrooms, we considered collective perceptions of peer and teacher support. Participants were 761 fifth (n...
#1Nicole R. Brass (UM: University of Michigan)
#2Sarah E. McKellar (UM: University of Michigan)H-Index: 2
Last.Allison M. Ryan (UM: University of Michigan)H-Index: 24
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This study examined group differences by grade (fifth graders in elementary school and sixth graders in middle school) and gender in academic (behavioral and emotional engagement, academic self-concept, and worry) and socio-emotional adjustment (self-esteem, social satisfaction, social self-concept, and worry). Self-report data were collected from 1,003 students in the fall and spring of the school year (51.2% female, 36.7% Black, 47.2% White, 7.5% Hispanic, 5.7% Asian, 3% Other). Grade differen...
#1Elizabeth A. North (UM: University of Michigan)
#2Allison M. Ryan (UM: University of Michigan)H-Index: 24
Last.Nicole R. Brass (UM: University of Michigan)
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Social status is a salient feature of the classroom peer ecology in early adolescence, yet research has not examined how it plays out within the domains of math and science. The current study investigated the behavioral profiles of cool and admired youth (n = 739, 51% female) in 5th and 6th grade math and science classes. “Cool” youth were perceived by peers as academically oriented, prosocial, and not disruptive. When grade level differences were found, they tended to favor 5th graders, such th...
#1Mariola Gremmen (UG: University of Groningen)H-Index: 3
#2Christian Berger (UC: Pontifical Catholic University of Chile)H-Index: 22
Last.Jan Kornelis Dijkstra (UG: University of Groningen)H-Index: 26
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This study examined to what extent adolescents' and their friends' risk behaviors (i.e., delinquency and alcohol use) hinder or promote their academic achievement (grade point average [GPA]), and vice versa. Longitudinal data were used (N = 1,219 seventh- to ninth-grade adolescents; Mage = 13.69). Results showed that risk behaviors negatively affected adolescents' GPA, whereas GPA protected against engaging in risk behaviors. Moreover, adolescents tended to select friends who have similar behavi...
#1Sharlyn Ferguson (UM: University of Michigan)H-Index: 1
#2Allison M. Ryan (UM: University of Michigan)H-Index: 24
Popularity is highly desired among youth, often more so than academic achievement or friendship. Recent evidence suggests being known as “popular” among peers (perceived popularity) may be more detrimental during adolescence than being widely well-liked (sociometric popularity). Thus, this study sought to better understand how two dimensions of popularity (perceived and sociometric) may contribute to adolescents’ own perceptions of satisfaction and happiness regarding their social life at school...
#1Allison M. RyanH-Index: 24
Last.Sharlyn FergusonH-Index: 1
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Abstract In this chapter, we consider how peers matter for students’ engagement. We distinguish between behavioral, emotional, and cognitive engagement. We review three predominant perspectives of the roles that peers play in young people’s lives: socialization (peers are socializing agents), social support (peers provide emotional and social support), and social status (peers provide a context where a social status hierarchy is established). For each perspective, we discuss current conceptual f...
#1Jorge J. VarelaH-Index: 2
#2Marc A. Zimmerman (UM: University of Michigan)H-Index: 64
Last.Sarah A. Stoddard (UM: University of Michigan)H-Index: 14
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ABSTRACTCyberbullying is a type of bullying that involves the use of technology to harm other students. Most researchers have examined individual-level characteristics, but the perception of school climate and school characteristics such as type, size, and level of vulnerabilities have not been considered using multilevel methods. Using a sample of 8,237 Chilean seventh graders from 1,322 schools we examined individual- and school-level predictors of cyberbullying perpetration. Cyberbullying per...
#1Jorge J. Varela (Universidad del Desarrollo)H-Index: 2
#2Jorge Varela (Universidad del Desarrollo)H-Index: 3
Last.Justin E. Heinze (UM: University of Michigan)H-Index: 10
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Evidence derived from social information theories support the existence of different underlying cognitive mechanisms guiding violent behavior through life. However, a few studies have examined the contribution of school variables to those cognitive mechanisms, which may help explain violent behavior later in life. The present study examines the relationship between school attachment, violent attitudes, and violent behavior over time in a sample of urban adolescents from the U.S. Midwest. We eval...
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