ERIC Number: EJ775655
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Interpersonal Dynamics within Adolescent Friendships: Dyadic Mutuality, Deviant Talk, and Patterns of Antisocial Behavior
Piehler, Timothy F.; Dishion, Thomas J.
Child Development, v78 n5 p1611-1624 Sep-Oct 2007
Interpersonal dynamics within friendships were observed in a sample of 120 (60 male, 60 female) ethnically diverse 16- and 17-year-old adolescents characterized as persistently antisocial, adolescent-onset, and normative. Dyadic mutuality and deviant talk were coded from videotaped friendship interactions. Persistently antisocial adolescents demonstrated lower levels of dyadic mutuality compared with adolescent-onset and normative adolescents. Persistently antisocial and adolescent-onset adolescents spent more time in deviant talk than did normative adolescents. Across groups, girls were rated as more mutual and coded less in deviant talk than boys. Furthermore, friendship dyads who engaged in high levels of deviant talk and were mutual in their interactions reported the highest rates of antisocial behavior.
Descriptors: Adolescents, Friendship, Interaction, Classification, Antisocial Behavior, Pattern Recognition, Group Dynamics, Gender Differences
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