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Facebook as a means to make new peers among early maturing girls
Örebro universitet, Institutionen för juridik, psykologi och socialt arbete.
University West, Department of Social and Behavioural Studies, Division of Psychology and Organisation Studies. (BUV)ORCID iD: 0000-0003-3328-6538
University West, Department of Social and Behavioural Studies, Division of Psychology and Organisation Studies. (BUV)ORCID iD: 0000-0003-2196-5971
2015 (English)In: Computers in human behavior, ISSN 0747-5632, E-ISSN 1873-7692, 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.
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Facebook, girls, online peer networks, peers, pubertal timing, puberty
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Psychology
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SOCIAL SCIENCE, Psychology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hv:diva-7378DOI: 10.1016/j.chb.2015.02.007ISI: 000353730000053Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-84923599204OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hv-7378DiVA: diva2:789102
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Forte, Swedish Research Council for Health, Working Life and Welfare
Available from: 2015-02-17 Created: 2015-02-17 Last updated: 2017-12-04Bibliographically approved

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