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Homophily in delinquent behavior: The rise and fall of friend similarity across adolescence
Boca Raton FL, United States.
Florida Atlantic University, Fort Lauderdale FL, USA.
Örebro University, School of Law, Psychology and Social Work.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-7546-2275
2019 (English)In: International Journal of Behavioral Development, ISSN 0165-0254, E-ISSN 1464-0651, Vol. 43, no 1, p. 67-73Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This study examined age-related changes in friend similarity on delinquency to determine whether deviant behavior homophily peaks during mid-adolescence. A community sample of 1,663 male and 1,826 female Swedish youth from Grade 5 (M = 11.21 years) to Grade 10 (M = 16.25 years) provided self-reports of delinquency. Friendships were identified from nominations. Intraclass correlations revealed age group differences in friend delinquency similarity, independent of normative age-related changes in deviant behavior. Cross-sectional results indicated that similarity was greatest in the seventh grade (M = 13.21 years). Longitudinal results from a subsample of participants revealed an increase in friend similarity from ages 11 to 13 (Grades 5 to 7) and a decline in friend similarity from ages 14 to 16 (Grades 8 to 10). The findings demonstrate that similarity between friends in delinquent behavior peaks in mid-adolescence, independent of normative age-related changes in participation in deviant acts.

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Sage Publications, 2019. Vol. 43, no 1, p. 67-73
Keywords [en]
age, delinquent behavior, homophily
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Psychology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-71349DOI: 10.1177/0165025418767058ISI: 000454316400008Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85045430824OAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-71349DiVA, id: diva2:1277873
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Swedish Research Council
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Funding Agencies:

U.S. National Institute of Mental Health  MH58116 

U.S. National Science Foundation  0923745  0909733 

Available from: 2019-01-11 Created: 2019-01-11 Last updated: 2019-01-11Bibliographically approved

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