Arenas of comfort and conflict: Peer relationship events and young people's educational attainment

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Smith, Jonathan and Skrbis, Zlatko. (2016) Arenas of comfort and conflict: Peer relationship events and young people's educational attainment. Journal of Youth Studies. 19(5), pp. 646 - 664. https://doi.org/10.1080/13676261.2015.1098767
AuthorsSmith, Jonathan and Skrbis, Zlatko
Abstract

Previous research suggests that developments in young people's peer relationships may either compound or alleviate the adverse impacts of other major life changes during adolescence. We explored this proposition with respect to young people's educational attainment upon leaving high school, using longitudinal data from a large cohort of Australian secondary school students (n = 1612) who have taken part in the Our Lives research study between the ages of 12/13 and 19/20 years. Our analysis focused on the role of peer relationship events such bullying, friendship problems, falling in love, and breaking up with someone. Bullying and romantic involvement were associated with lower odds of receiving a competitive tertiary entrance rank at the end of high school. However, close, resilient friendships – in which status and identity conflicts may be more easily tolerated and resolved – may help to offset the role of these other events. As well as reviewing the consequences of our findings for young people's educational and occupational trajectories in the longer-term, we highlight their implications for future research and policy in this area.

KeywordsSchooling; peer relationships; life events; youth transitions; arenas of comfort
Year2016
JournalJournal of Youth Studies
Journal citation19 (5), pp. 646 - 664
PublisherRoutledge
ISSN1367-6261
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1080/13676261.2015.1098767
Scopus EID2-s2.0-84945162551
Open accessPublished as green open access
Research or scholarlyResearch
Page range646 - 664
ProjectOur Lives Project
Research GroupSchool of Arts
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ARC Funded ResearchThis output has been funded, wholly or partially, under the Australian Research Council Act 2001
Grant IDDP0878781
DP130101490
DP0557667
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This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Journal of Youth Studies on 22 Oct 2015, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/13676261.2015.1098767

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