Parker, P. D, Ciarrochi, J., Heaven, P., Marshall, S., Sahdra, B. & Kiuru, N. (2015). Hope, friends, and subjective well‐being: a social network approach to peer group contextual effects [accepted manuscript]. Child Development,86(2), 642-650. United kingdom: Wiley. Retrieved from https://doi.org/10.1111/cdev.12308
Research on adolescence has previously shown that factors like depression and burnout are influenced by friendship groups. Little research, however, has considered whether similar effects are present for variables such as hope and subjective well‐being. Furthermore, there is no research that considers whether the degree of hope of an adolescent's friends is associated with well‐being over the individual's level of hope. Data were collected in 2012 from a sample of 15‐year‐olds (N = 1,972; 62% Caucasian; 46% identified as Catholic; 25% had professional parents) from the East Coast of Australia. Findings suggest that individuals from the same friendship group were somewhat similar in hope and well‐being. Multilevel structural equation modeling indicated that friendship group hope was significantly related to psychological and social well‐being.
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