Adolescents' social strategies: Patterns and correlates

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    An unselected sample of adolescents (n = 504) was given a test measuring their social strategies in affiliative context, and emotional and behavioral problems. Four groups of adolescents were identified according to the certain patterns of the social strategies they deployed: Active optimistic group (n = 107), Defensive functional group (n = 159), Avoiders group (n = 89), and Learned helplessness group (n = 140). The degree of stability of a cluster solution was studied when the method for cluster analysis was changed, showing that the four-cluster solution captures the essential relationships between the variables. The membership of the strategy groups was associated in theoretically meaningful ways to the anxiety/depression, withdrawal, and social problems.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)367-374
    Number of pages8
    JournalScandinavian Journal of Psychology
    Issue number4
    Publication statusPublished - Aug 2005



    • Adolescence
    • Externalizing and internalizing problems
    • Social strategies

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Psychology(all)

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