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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