Shameless Promotion: New Book on Popularity

by Lara on November 11, 2010

Interested in popularity? Have you been thinking to yourself, “If only there were a nice edited volume on popularity I could turn to to answer all of my questions about popular kids!” ? Well, I just happen to know of a book you might be interested in: Popularity in the Peer System.

I’m really proud of this book. It represents my first edited volume, and I am honored to have had the experience of working with my friends and colleagues, Toon Cillessen of Radboud University in Nijmegen, the Netherlands, and David Schwartz, of the University of Southern California. It’s also just a good primer on peer popularity, comprised of excellent chapters by experts in the field.

This is the publicity blurb from Guilford, our publisher:

“Bringing together leading researchers, this is the first volume to comprehensively examine popularity among children and adolescents: what it is, how it is attained, and its impact on peer interaction and individual development. The book clarifies how popularity is distinct from being socially accepted or well liked and how it is different for girls and boys. Behaviors that characterize popular peers are explored, as are the developmental benefits and risks of popularity and its connections to peer influence processes. Innovative measurement approaches and research designs are clearly described.”

This is an academic book, so it’s not going to make us any money—as my co-editor David Schwartz put it, “we’re lucky they don’t charge us to publish it.” But just in case you’d like to pre-order a copy, I’ll kindly provide the link here. Happy reading!

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