Popularity refers to the quality of possessing a high social status or being well liked. The word is of Latin origin (popularis: of the people, common). The issue of popularity is one of the biggest challenges for adolescents in junior and senior high schools, which has found its reflection in North American media and popular culture.

Sociometric versus Perceived Popularity

In order to assess popularity in schools, research usually distinguishes between two approaches: sociometric popularity (researched by using sociometric surveys) and perceived popularity (assessed through observation and interviews). When popularity is seen through a sociometric lens, results tend to favor students who are generally liked by their peers, who are altruistic and helpful. On the other hand, perceived popularity does not necessarily consider the like-ability of students ...

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