International Journal of Psychology and Psychological Therapy

Volume 8 Num. 2 - June 2008


Psychosocial factors related to the student's social status in the classroom: the role of social reputation, friendship, violent behaviour and relationship with the teacher.

Volume 8 Num. 2 - June 2008 - Pages 227-236


Teresa I. Jim?nez , David Moreno , Sergio Murgui , Gonzalo Musitu


The present study aims to analyse the relationship between particular psychosocial school
factors and students? social acceptation in the classroom. Specifically, we analyse the role
of non-conformist reputation, friendship between classmates, violent behaviour and quality
relationship with the teacher. The sample is composed of 1319 adolescents of both sexes
and aged from 11 to 16 years old. Statistical analyses were carried out using structural
equation modelling. Results obtained indicate a close association between non-conformist
reputation and level of friendship in classroom with violent behaviour. Moreover, data
suggest that this violent behaviour influences teacher?s expectations about students, which
in turn is closely and directly related to social acceptation in the classroom. Finally, these
findings and its implications are discussed based on previous research.

Key words:

social status, adolescence, social reputation, friendship, violent behavior, teacher.

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