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Disruptiveness, friends' characteristics, and delinquency in early adolescence: a test of two competing models of development
University of Montreal.
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1997 (English)In: Child Development, ISSN 0009-3920, E-ISSN 1467-8624, Vol. 68, no 4, 676-689 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Tested 2 competing models of friends' influence on the development of delinquency in disruptive boys. In so doing, the authors examined whether highly disruptive, moderately disruptive, moderately conforming, and highly conforming boys' delinquency increased or decreased depending on their friends' characteristics. A sample of 868 boys was classified into the 4 groups according to teacher ratings at ages 11 and 12 yrs. Each group was then subdivided by mutual friends' peer-rated aggressiveness-disturbance at the same ages. These subdivisions are as follows: aggressive-disturbing friends, average friends, nonaggressive-nondisturbing friends, and no friends. Subgroups were next compared on self-reported delinquency at age 13 yrs while controlling for average self-reported delinquency and socioeconomic variables at ages 11 and 12 yrs. Results indicate that moderately disruptive boys with aggressive-disturbing friends were more delinquent at age 13 yrs than other subgroups of moderately disruptive boys. Highly disruptive and conforming boys, however, were unaffected by their friends' characteristics. It is concluded that the results partially support each theoretical model, suggesting that both individual characteristics and deviant peer association might play causal roles.

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Oxford, 1997. Vol. 68, no 4, 676-689 p.
Keyword [en]
Behavior Problems, Friendship, Juvenile Delinquency, Peer Relations, Psychosocial Development, Childhood Development, Followup Studies, Models
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Psychology
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Psychology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-6794OAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-6794DiVA: diva2:217326
Available from: 2009-05-13 Created: 2009-05-13 Last updated: 2017-12-13Bibliographically approved

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