Novel Study Identifies Three Types of Distinct Teen Popularity

Monday, Sep 30, 2019

Results from this study with collaboration from Dr. Brett Laursen Professor of Psychology, have identified three distinct groups of popular adolescents: prosocial popular; aggressive popular; and bistrategic popular or Machiavellian. The bistrategic group had the highest level of popularity and were above average on physical and relational aggression, as well as on prosocial behavior. They were viewed by their peers as disruptive and angry but were otherwise well-adjusted.

“Bistrategic adolescents are noteworthy not only for their very high levels of popularity, but also for the way that they balance getting their way with getting along,” said    Brett Laursen   , Ph.D., co-author and a professor of    psychology    in FAU’s    Charles E. Schmidt College of Science   .

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This Novel Study is gaining attention around the world: 

Times of London Education Supplement - The problem with whole-school behaviour policies

The Times of London  - How to be popular: scientists reveal the secret to being liked at school

The Independent  - The Secret to Being Popular is Acting Like Characters in 'Mean Girls'

The Guardian  - The Mean Girls have had their day. Welcome to the new Machiavellians

Daily Mail  - You Cant sit with us!

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