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ERIC Number: EJ1027523
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 51
ISSN: ISSN-0009-3920
The Adolescent Relational Dialectic and the Peer Roots of Adult Social Functioning
Allen, Joseph P.; Chango, Joanna; Szwedo, David
Child Development, v85 n1 p192-204 Jan-Feb 2014
The long-term import of a fundamental challenge of adolescent social development--establishing oneself as a desirable peer companion while avoiding problematic behaviors often supported within peer groups--was examined in a community sample of 184 adolescents, followed from ages 13 to 23, along with parents, peers, and romantic partners. The dialectical nature of this challenge appeared in findings that autonomy vis-à-vis peer influences predicted both long-term success avoiding problematic behavior but also more difficulty establishing strong adult friendships. Conversely, being a desirable peer companion in adolescence predicted more positive adult relationships but also greater alcohol use. Adolescents who established themselves as both desirable companions and as autonomous vis-à-vis peers were rated as most successful by their parents at age 23.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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