Relation between indices of behavioral and emotional adjustment and social dominance
Dix, Amanda Dix
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The focus of the present study was to determine the potential utility of using selfreport social dominance measures as a means of indicating children’s social status. The relations between self- and peer-ratings of social dominance and indicators of adjustment-related outcomes were examined. Peer-ratings of dominance demonstrated higher correlations with outcome measures, including self-rated problems with internal relationships, social-dissatisfaction, social self concept, and social stress, than did selfreported social dominance. Peer-rated dominance also was significantly related to peerreported sadness and worry and behaviors such as leadership skills. Self-rated social dominance was not related to any indices of adjustment. Contrary to expectations, locus of control was not correlated with either self- or peer-reported dominance.