Journal article

Mental health disorders and adolescent peer relationships

Emily Long, Maria Gardani, Mark McCann, Helen Sweeting, Mark Tranmer, Laurence Moore

SOCIAL SCIENCE & MEDICINE | PERGAMON-ELSEVIER SCIENCE LTD | Published : 2020

Abstract

RATIONALE: Mental health disorders often arise during adolescence, with disruptive behavior disorders and anxiety disorders among the most common. Given the salience of peer relationships during adolescence, and research suggesting that mental health disorders negatively impact social functioning, this study uses novel methodology from social network analysis to uncover the social processes linking disruptive behavior disorders and anxiety disorders with adolescent friendships. In particular, the study focuses on peer withdrawal, peer popularity, and peer homophily in relation to both disorders. METHODS: Data come from 15-year old students in four Scottish secondary schools (N = 602). Diagno..

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