Appendix B: Paradoxical Popularity
Steinberg's (1993) Explanation of Paradoxical Popularity
"There are limits to the number of friendships that anyone person can maintain. Because popular girls get a high number of affiliative offers, they have to reject more offers of friendships than other girls. Also, to maintain their higher status, girls who form the elite group must avoid associations with lower status girls.. These girls are likely to ignore the afflilative attempts of many other girls, leading to the impression that they are stuck-up. Shortly after these girls reach their peak of popularity, they become increasing disliked" (p. 183)
Steinberg, L. (1993). Adolescence (3rd ed.). Sydney; McGraw-Hill, Inc.