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Friend influence over adolescent problem behaviors as a function of relative peer acceptance: to be liked is to be emulated
Örebro University, School of Law, Psychology and Social Work.
Örebro University, School of Law, Psychology and Social Work.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-7546-2275
2012 (English)In: Journal of Abnormal Psychology, ISSN 0021-843X, E-ISSN 1939-1846, Vol. 121, no 1, p. 88-94Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Friend influence over alcohol intoxication and delinquent behavior was examined as a function of relative peer acceptance in a 3-year study of Swedish youth (N = 184 girls, 145 boys). Participants were in the first year of secondary school (7th grade, M = 11.7 years old) or the first year of high school (10th grade, M = 15.3 years old) at the outset. Friends resembled one another before the friendship; resemblances were even greater after the friendship began. Resemblances continued to grow among those who remained friends one year later, but declined among those whose friendships dissolved. Partners were not equally responsible for increases in similarity. In stable friendships, the more accepted partner exerted greater influence over the less accepted partner, such that the greatest increases in problem behaviors were found among less accepted youth whose friends had higher initial levels of delinquency and alcohol intoxication. Unstable friends resembled random pairs of youth in that more- and less-accepted partners were comparably uninfluential.

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American Psychological Association (APA), 2012. Vol. 121, no 1, p. 88-94
Keywords [en]
friendship, delinquency, alcohol intoxication, peer acceptance, peer influence
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Psychology
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Psychology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-22128DOI: 10.1037/a0024707ISI: 000300198500009PubMedID: 21823759Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-84857045018OAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-22128DiVA, id: diva2:510498
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NIMH NIH HHS MH58116  R01 MH058116  R01 MH058116-06A1

Available from: 2012-03-16 Created: 2012-03-16 Last updated: 2017-12-07Bibliographically approved

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