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Facebook as a means to make new peers among early maturing girls
Örebro University, School of Law, Psychology and Social Work. (Center for developmental research)ORCID iD: 0000-0001-7456-2397
Centre for Child and Youth Studies, Department for Social and Behavioral Studies, University West, Trollhättan, Sweden.
Centre for Child and Youth Studies, Department for Social and Behavioral Studies, University West, Trollhättan, Sweden.
2015 (English)In: Computers in human behavior, ISSN 0747-5632, Vol. 48, 500-505 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

We explored, for the first time, links between female pubertal timing and adolescent Internet use, Facebook use, and the size of peer networks on Facebook in a Swedish early adolescent sample (N = 166). Although pubertal timing was not linked to Internet use or Facebook use, it was linked to being more open about oneself and having more Facebook friends in grade 7. These associations had disappeared one year later. Consonant with previous studies of offline contexts, this study provides preliminary evidence to suggest that Facebook is a means to make new peers among early maturing girls in early adolescence.

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2015. Vol. 48, 500-505 p.
Keyword [en]
Facebook; Girls; Online peer networks; Peers; Pubertal timing; Puberty
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Psychology (excluding Applied Psychology)
Research subject
Psychology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-42377DOI: 10.1016/j.chb.2015.02.007ISI: 000353730000053Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-84923599204OAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-42377DiVA: diva2:785826
Funder
Forte, Swedish Research Council for Health, Working Life and Welfare, 2008-0712
Available from: 2015-02-04 Created: 2015-02-04 Last updated: 2017-10-17Bibliographically approved

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