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Hooijsma, M., Huitsing, G., Kisfalusi, D., Dijkstra, J. K., Flache, A. & Veenstra, R. (2020). Multidimensional similarity in multiplex networks: friendships between same- and cross-gender bullies and same- and cross-gender victims. Network Science, 8(1), 79-96
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2020 (English)In: Network Science, ISSN 2050-1242, Vol. 8, no 1, p. 79-96Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Similar peers are more likely to become friends, but it remains unclear how the combination of multiple characteristics, known as multidimensional similarity, influences friendships. This study aimed to investigate whether similarity in gender (attribute) and bullying or victimization (network position) contributes to friendships. The school-level networks of friendships and victim-bully relationships in 17 Dutch elementary schools (2,130 students) were examined using multiplex longitudinal social network models (RSiena). The results showed that friendships were more likely to occur between same-gender peers and between bullies sharing their targets of victimization. Multidimensional similarity (similarities in gender as well as bullying) increased the likelihood of friendships for same-gender bullies targeting the same victims, but not for same-gender victims sharing bullies. The findings underline the importance of unraveling the interplay between different dimensions of similarity for children’s relationships and surpass unidimensional similarity based on single attributes.

Keywords
friendship; bullying; gender; coevolution; social networks; RSiena; multidimensional similarity; childhood
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Sociology (excluding Social Work, Social Psychology and Social Anthropology)
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-164554 (URN)10.1017/nws.2020.1 (DOI)
Available from: 2020-03-24 Created: 2020-03-24 Last updated: 2020-03-24Bibliographically approved
Kisfalusi, D., Neumann, E. & Takács, K. (2019). Ethnic Integration and Interethnic Relations in Schools. Intersections. East European Journal for Sociaty and Politics, 5(4), 4-17
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2019 (English)In: Intersections. East European Journal for Sociaty and Politics, E-ISSN 2416-089X, Vol. 5, no 4, p. 4-17Article in journal, Editorial material (Refereed) Published
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Sociology (excluding Social Work, Social Psychology and Social Anthropology)
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-164553 (URN)10.17356/ieejsp.v5i4.683 (DOI)
Available from: 2020-03-24 Created: 2020-03-24 Last updated: 2020-03-31
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