ERIC Number: EJ767570
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-May
Reference Count: 45
Adolescents' Peer Crowd Identification in the Netherlands: Structure and Associations with Problem Behaviors
Delsing, Marc J. M. H.; ter Bogt, Tom F. M.; Engels, Rutger C. M. E.; Meeus, Wim H. J.
Journal of Research on Adolescence, v17 n2 p467-480 May 2007
The present paper examined the underlying structure of Dutch adolescents' peer crowd identification and its relations with delinquency, aggression, depression, and anxiety. Questionnaire data were gathered from 2,334 adolescents between ages 12 and 19. Exploratory and confirmatory factor analyses revealed four clearly interpretable crowd-identification dimensions: Alternative, Urban, Conventional, and Achievement Oriented. Identification with the Alternative and Urban dimensions was found to be positively related to depression, delinquency, and aggression. With regard to the Urban dimension, also a positive association was found with anxiety. Identification with the Conventional- and Achievement Oriented dimensions was found to be negatively related to delinquency. A negative associations was also found between the Achievement Oriented dimension and aggression. Roughly the same pattern of associations was found for boys and girls, and younger and older adolescents. Our results generally confirm findings from studies relating adolescent crowd identification to adjustment performed in the United States and Australia.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Identification, Adolescents, Depression (Psychology), Delinquency, Anxiety, Factor Structure, Peer Influence, Peer Groups, Peer Relationship, Behavior Problems, Aggression, Correlation, Factor Analysis, Urban Areas, Achievement, Adjustment (to Environment)
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