study investigates the types and behavioral associations of peer status
in school-bound young adults in the Netherlands. We argue that
adolescent peer popularity and its link with aggressive and
norm-breaking behavior result from adolescents' desire to create an
image of maturity among their peers. We expect that in young adults who
are approaching working life, peer status is defined by affective
measures of status and prosociality rather than adverse behaviors.
Analyses revealed a three cluster solution of (1) liked, (2)
liked-popular and (3) neutral members of the peer group, showing that
status is primarily defined by being well-liked, though popularity
remains relevant. Status was primarily associated with prosocial
behavior, especially for females. Peer status in young males remained
associated with overt aggressive behavior.
Keywords: Peer status, Young adulthood, Maturity gap, Prosocial behavior, Aggression, Norm-breaking behavior