Navigating the transition to junior high school: The influence of pre-transition friendship and self-system characteristics

Julie Wargo Aikins, Karen L. Bierman, Jeffrey G. Parker

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Abstract

The present study examined the influence of pre-transition friendship and self-system characteristics on junior high school transition adjustment in a sample of 111 early adolescent girls and boys. Transition adjustment was defined in terms of youth's post-transition friendship quality, emotional distress, and school adjustment. Pre-transition friendship characteristics were directly linked with both post-transition friendship quality and school adjustment, while youth's expected possible selves, a component of youth's self-system, made additional unique contributions to the prediction of youth's emotional distress and school adjustment. Results suggest the importance of developmentally salient friendship and self-system characteristics in contributing to individual variability in transition adaptation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)42-60
Number of pages19
JournalSocial Development
Volume14
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 14 2005

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)

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