Friday, September 14, 2007


Hello everyone, welcome to blog topic~ number 2
I have chosen my own topic which for blog number 2 with James' help, my question is as follows

Peer Popularity
A significant issue for many people during adolescence is negotiating peer popularity at school.

  • What are the psychological and social characteristics of popular versus unpopular school students (amongst peers) (e.g., attractiveness, personality, etc.)?

  • And what dynamic social psychological variables also contribute to popularity (e.g., social influence, social categorisation, etc.)?

  • Where possible, discuss in relation to Australian society, although international research is likely to be relevant. Note that some of the bullying literature may be useful.

The concept of peer popularity has fascinated my ever since I started school. During my schooling years and I'm sure most other people's schooling years there has always been this idea of 'the popular group.'

I'm wondering if

  • anyone didn't have a popular group at their school?
  • popularity differs for guys? (guys out there I'd love to hear your thoughts on this one)
  • Popular people consider themselves popular?

Well I thought I'd just get the ball rolling by introducing my topic. Feel free to leave comments about your experiences or ideas about 'popular groups' you've encountered during your life time.

I'm sure I'm not the only one out there who can't help but think of the film Mean Girls. Its very exaggerated and stereotypical I know. But just something the get the cogs whirling... here's the trialer for the movie for those of you who haven't seen it... enjoy..