Adolescent Social Development

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    • 00:01

      [In this video, teens discuss their understanding of whata crowd is and talk about the different types of crowdsthat exist in their schools]

    • 00:13

      INTERVIEWER: I think most of the time, whenkids look around their high school,they see that there are certain kids who liketo hang around with other kids.And when you see those kids hanging around together,one of the ways we could describe them is wecould call them a crowd.

    • 00:33

      INTERVIEWER [continued]: When you think about what you see at your high school,are there many groups of kids that youwould recognize as a crowd?

    • 00:41

      MAYA: Yes.

    • 00:43

      INTERVIEWER: Would you tell me whoit is that you would recognize?

    • 00:46

      MAYA: Well, there seems to be a lot of the people whoare in sports hang together, hang out together,or people who are in certain clubs hang out together,or certain ethnicities hang out together.

    • 01:01

      INTERVIEWER: Is your high school pretty diverse?

    • 01:05

      MAYA: Yes, I would say so.

    • 01:07

      INTERVIEWER: OK.So do the kids have names for these crowds?Those kids who are in sports-- If youwere talking to somebody about them, what might you call them?And it's OK to say that you don't thinkthat there's a name for them.

    • 01:26

      MAYA: I don't really have a name for them.It's just like, sports.

    • 01:30

      INTERVIEWER: Sometimes crowds like that are called jocks.

    • 01:34

      MAYA: Yeah, but that doesn't seem like to be a name.

    • 01:36

      INTERVIEWER: Doesn't seem like the right name for them.OK.What makes the kids who belong to those different crowdsdifferent from each other?

    • 01:49

      MAYA: They just kind of have different interests, usually.

    • 01:53

      INTERVIEWER: OK, different interests.

    • 01:55

      MAYA: That's pretty much it, though.They might have different personalities also.Like, there's certain people who think that they should dosomething that's-- or they think they're cooler than otherpeople and they want to hang out with certain types of people,

    • 02:15

      MAYA [continued]: and then others who don't really care and like to hang out withpeople who like more academic or something.

    • 02:22

      INTERVIEWER: Thinking about these different groups of kids,would you recognize the different groups by the waythat they dress?

    • 02:35

      MAYA: Not usually, I don't think.I mean, some people might be more-- if they're in sports,they might dress with more casual.But no, not really.Most people-- a lot of people dress pretty similar,I gotta say, especially right now, being winter.

    • 02:54

      INTERVIEWER: And we've already talked about theyhave different interests.Do they have differences, like maybe theylike different music or different kinds of--

    • 03:07

      MAYA: I could see there's certain people wholike, for example, rap more than someone who likespop or something like that.

    • 03:18

      INTERVIEWER: How do you think the kidsin the different crowds feel about each other?Do they like each other?Do they dislike each other, or do they just notcare about each other?

    • 03:31

      MAYA: I don't think they really care about each other.Because I go to such a big schoolthat there's so many different people at the schoolthat it's really easy to not even to know about each other.

    • 03:44

      INTERVIEWER: That makes me think of a different question.If you're at a very big school, do youthink that most kids kind of havea crowd of kids they hang with, or do a lot of kidsjust not have a crowd-- they justkind of stay to themselves?

    • 04:05

      MAYA: It could either way.I mean, there's just so many peoplethat there is always someone there, someone wholikes the same thing as you.But then it's also such a big place that it's so easy for youto get lost into it.

    • 04:18

      INTERVIEWER: Do you think that being part of the crowdhelps you not get lost?

    • 04:22

      MAYA: Yeah, I would say so.

    • 04:26

      INTERVIEWER: Can you think of anything that maybe brings kidsfrom different crowds together, to do things together?

    • 04:37

      MAYA: Well, if you have a friend from one of the other--or if you have a school activity, that'sone thing, like, a football game there'sa bunch of different people at that type of activityor like a dance or something like that.

    • 04:58

      INTERVIEWER: OK.That's what I thinking might bring different groupsof people together, because whether you'rein one crowd or the other crowd, still,everybody likes to go to a football game if they canor go to a dance.OK, good.Thank you for your time.I'm with Isaiah and Jonathan.

    • 05:18

      INTERVIEWER [continued]: They're both 15 years old and they're in 10th grade.And we're going to take some time nowto talk about recognizing crowds at your school.So sometimes when you look around school,kids like to hang together with other kids.

    • 05:39

      INTERVIEWER [continued]: And so they form groups.And there's ways that those groupsare different from each other.So if you think about the kids that you see at your school,do any of those groups come to mind?

    • 05:56

      ISAIAH: I would think of the basketball group.They're jocks.And some of the girls-- they're, like, drama queens.

    • 06:07

      INTERVIEWER: Drama queens.Would you do me a favor and tell me a little bitabout a drama queen.How would you recognize a drama queen?

    • 06:14

      JONATHAN: They make a big deal out of something so small.Like, they spill a little bit of water on themand they just start freaking out.

    • 06:22

      ISAIAH: And then since we have a volleyball team,some of them just like to hang out togetherand most of the time they gossip about things.

    • 06:38

      INTERVIEWER: So we have, would we say jocksand drama queens and--

    • 06:46

      ISAIAH: The gossipers.

    • 06:47

      INTERVIEWER: And the gossipers.Got it.Any other groups come to mind?

    • 06:58

      ISAIAH: I don't really think there are any others,because the rest of the kids at our schooljust kind of go their own way.

    • 07:06

      INTERVIEWER: OK.Do you maybe-- and maybe this isn't true at your school--but do you have some kids who maybeare real, super-serious students and they hang aroundwith each other?

    • 07:22

      ISAIAH: We don't have serious students.We do have one very dedicated student.

    • 07:30

      INTERVIEWER: But that's one person and not a crowd.OK.So let's talk about the groups that wetalked about, the jocks, the drama queens, and the gossips.Help me understand a little more about whatmakes those groups similar to each other or differentfrom each other.

    • 07:50

      INTERVIEWER [continued]: What would a jock do that a drama queen wouldn't do?

    • 07:57

      ISAIAH: The jocks usually act dumband do-- they do dumb things during class,like they make remarks and they throw paper,like balled paper at the trash can.

    • 08:18

      JONATHAN: Trying to show off.

    • 08:19

      ISAIAH: Yes.

    • 08:20

      INTERVIEWER: Showing off?Do drama queens show off?

    • 08:24

      JONATHAN: No.They just are very dramatic in everythingthey do and they're like, everyone stay out of my way.They're just really bossy and naggy.

    • 08:38

      INTERVIEWER: And what is it that makesthe gossips different than the other two groups?[INTERPOSING VOICES]

    • 08:45

      JONATHAN: They talk a lot and theyeavesdrop most of the time.And then they go back into their little groupsand just start whispering to each other.

    • 08:54

      INTERVIEWER: Are you usually pretty carefulwhat you say when you're around them?

    • 08:58

      JONATHAN: Yes.

    • 08:59

      ISAIAH: And most of the time, I am not around them.I tend to go to the piano.

    • 09:09

      INTERVIEWER: Those three groups that we're talking about,do they ever kind of get together to do things together,or do they really stay separate?

    • 09:20

      JONATHAN: On Fridays we all get together and we have chapel.And we just seeing it just come together.

    • 09:32

      INTERVIEWER: Do the groups still pretty much sitwith each other?

    • 09:37

      ISAIAH: They do.

    • 09:39

      INTERVIEWER: So you're all at chapel,but they're still three separate little groups,even when it's time for chapel.Can you think of anything like an activity or an eventat school or something that wouldmake all three groups get togetherand share and do things together?

    • 09:59

      ISAIAH: Normally, volleyball games--

    • 10:04

      JONATHAN: School games.

    • 10:06

      INTERVIEWER: So everybody gets pretty excited?

    • 10:08

      ISAIAH: Yeah, everybody's excited for the same thing.

    • 10:11

      INTERVIEWER: The same thing-- that makes good sense to me.OK, well, those were the things Iwas hoping we could talk about.And that was very helpful, because Ithink a lot of times when kids look around their school,you can kind of see that there are different groups of kidsthat get together, hang together, seem to like

    • 10:32

      INTERVIEWER [continued]: and enjoy each other.But one group is just not like the other one.

    • 10:37

      ISAIAH: They're just totally different.

    • 10:39

      INTERVIEWER: Totally different.Good.Thank you.

Adolescent Social Development

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Adolescent students discuss cliques and social circles in their schools. Students are asked to describe each separately labeled crowd they can identify and to explain how that group defines itself.

Adolescent Social Development

Adolescent students discuss cliques and social circles in their schools. Students are asked to describe each separately labeled crowd they can identify and to explain how that group defines itself.

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