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Gendered Adolescent Friendship Networks and Gender Role Attitudes: Social Contexts of Single-Gender and Mixed-Gender Classes



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While adolescents are growing up, school is the place where they have the most contact with other students, and peer relationships between classmates at school are very important for adolescents. Gender always plays an important role for development of friendship among adolescents. Different behaviors and attitudes exhibited by males and females due to different traditional social expectations can result in different composition of individual social networks. Girls tend to build relationally interdependent friendship structures, and boys tend to build collectively interdependent, in-star and hierarchical friendship structures. This study explores gendered friendship networks to show the process of peer interaction in social contexts of single-gender and mixed-gender classes. At the same time, the network structure how to affect adolescent gender role attitudes. This study uses the data from the Taiwan Youth Project (TYP) of Academia Sinica. The result shows that in single-gender classes, the male network structure exhibits collectively central and hierarchical characteristics, but the female and mixed-gender network structures do not. In mixed-gender classes, the phenomenon of gender segregation is obvious, and males and females still tend to interact with same-gender members. Finally, in single-gender classes, individuals in core structure positions have more traditional gender role attitudes.


救國團編(1998)。Y 世代與Z世代:青少年文化與秩序之探討。台北:救國團社會研究院。