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.
|Number of pages||8|
|Journal||Scandinavian Journal of Psychology|
|Publication status||Published - Aug 2005|
- Externalizing and internalizing problems
- Social strategies
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