ERIC Number: ED448384
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Apr
Adolescent Behavior Problems: Peer Pressure "Is" All It Is Cracked Up To Be.
Giancola, Susan P.
Student misbehavior is a problem affecting schools across the nation. Many school districts are searching for programs to remediate and reform problematic behavior in students. In order to develop successful programs, it is important first to understand what constitutes student misbehavior and second to determine reasons for students' behavior. The subjects for this study are participants in the National Longitudinal Study of 1988. Factors explaining students' behavior were looked at in 1988, 1990, and 1992, thus following them from 8th grade through their senior year. The data from this study confirms the existence of a common misbehavior construct comprised of both misbehavior and substance abuse items. Findings also support the ecological theory of behavior, where discipline problems are a result of a complex interaction of influences and thus should be treated within the system, rather than individually. The influence of an adolescent's peer group was found to explain student behavior throughout the high school years better than any other variable. Having academically-oriented friends seemed to encourage students to behave well and to help them resist drugs and alcohol. Negative peer influence seemed to greatly increase a student's risk for behavior problems and substance abuse. (Contains 12 tables and 24 references.) (JDM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: National Longitudinal Survey of Youth