The dual role of friendship and antipathy relations in the marginalization of overweight children in their peer networks: The TRAILS Study

Kayla De La Haye, Jan Kornelis Dijkstra, Miranda J. Lubbers, Loes Van Rijsewijk, Ronald Stolk

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Abstract

© 2017 de la Haye et al. This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited. Weight-based stigma compromises the social networks of overweight children. To date, research on the position of overweight children in their peer network has focused only on friendship relations, and not on negative relationship dimensions. This study examined how overweight was associated with relations of friendship and dislike (antipathies) in the peer group. Exponential random graph models (ERGM) were used to examine friendship and antipathy relations among overweight children and their classmates, using a sub-sample from the TRacking Adolescents' Individual Lives Survey (N = 504, M age 11.4). Findings showed that overweight children were less likely to receive friendship nominations, and were more likely to receive dislike nominations. Overweight children were also more likely than their non-overweight peers to nominate classmates that they disliked. Together, the results indicate that positive and negative peer relations are impacted by children's weight status, and are relevant to addressing the social marginalization of overweight children.
Original languageEnglish
Article numbere0178130
Pages (from-to)e0178130-
JournalPLOS One
Volume12
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2017

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