Longitudinal analysis of adolescents' social networks
Title: Longitudinal analysis of adolescents' social networks
SNIC Project: SNIC 2019/7-30
Project Type: SNIC Small Compute
Principal Investigator: Dorottya Kisfalusi <dorottya.kisfalusi@liu.se>
Affiliation: Linköpings universitet
Duration: 2019-05-08 – 2020-06-01
Classification: 50401


During adolescence, peer groups exert strong influence on youths’ attitudes, opinions, and behaviours. Since adolescents spend most of their time in the school, positive and negative relations with classmates and peers’ attitudes and behaviours are able to significantly shape students’ own behaviour. In the current research, two main topics are addressed. First, it is examined how minority and majority students’ positive and negative peer relations influence their academic achievement in integrated educational settings. Second, it is investigated how positive and negative interethnic relations affect minority and majority students’ ethnic prejudices. The research questions are investigated among Roma and non-Roma Hungarian primary schools students, using stochastic actor-oriented models which provide statistical models for the longitudinal analysis of social networks. This method takes into account that relationships are interrelated with each other and is able to analyse the co-evolution of students’ networks and behaviour and thus disentangle selection and influence processes.