ERIC Number: ED380724
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994
Reference Count: N/A
Indiana Youth Poll: Youths' Views of Peer Relationships.
Erickson, Judith B.; And Others
This non-random survey of 614 high-school students, recent high-school graduates, and out-of-school youth, offers insights into young people's friendships, their peer group relationships and activities, their high-school hierarchies, their personal images and reputations, and the influences of peers and others on their decisions and behaviors. The poll approached peer relationships in two ways: through individual and group questionnaires. The results are presented in four chapters. Chapter one examines different facets of friendship such as developmental differences in peer relationships, the qualities that young people seek in friends, what they argue about, why friendships break up, and what behaviors are hardest to forgive. Chapter two looks at per groups: where they meet, what they do together, and how groups of friends are viewed by families. High-school social structures are examined in chapter three while chapter four reports on students' perceptions of some of the influences that peer groups and other groups have on behavior. The report underscores the power of peer relationships and the importance of friendships in youth development. Included are questions for further discussion, an annotated list of publications on adolescent life, and a copy of the youth poll questionnaire. (RJM)
Descriptors: Adolescents, Friendship, High School Students, High Schools, Interpersonal Relationship, Peer Acceptance, Peer Groups, Peer Influence, Peer Relationship, Popularity, Social Cognition, Social Development, Youth
Indiana Youth Institute, 33 North Alabama Street, Suite 200, Indianapolis, IN 46204 ($7.50 plus $2.50 postage and handling).
Publication Type: Tests/Questionnaires; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Indiana Youth Inst., Indianapolis.
Identifiers - Location: Indiana