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Peer Status

  1. Caroline B. Browne,
  2. Mitchell J. Prinstein,
  3. Nicole Heilbron

Published Online: 30 JAN 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9780470479216.corpsy0653

Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology

Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology

How to Cite

Browne, C. B., Prinstein, M. J. and Heilbron, N. 2010. Peer Status. Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology. 1–3.

Author Information

  1. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 30 JAN 2010


Within the first few years of life, children establish relatively stable social positions among their peers. Research has demonstrated longitudinal associations between peer status and a variety of developmental outcomes. However, the correlational nature of this research leaves open the question of whether peer status exerts a unique, causal impact on psychological adjustment. Presented here is a brief synthesis of existing research in the field of peer status, including current definitions of the constructs of peer status and a review of key developmental outcomes often associated with peer status.


  • peer status;
  • peer rejection;
  • popularity;
  • sociometric status;
  • developmental outcomes;
  • child development