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ERIC Number: EJ781973
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 13
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 38
ISSN: ISSN-1520-3247
Early Adolescent Antisocial Behavior and Peer Rejection: A Dynamic Test of a Developmental Process
Light, John M.; Dishion, Thomas J.
New Directions for Child and Adolescent Development, n118 p77-89 Win 2007
Evidence supports the hypothesis that adolescent peer groups play a significant role in the genesis of youth antisocial behavior. A longstanding interest in research focused on individual differences in teen exposure to deviant peer groups is the notion that high-risk youth aggregate because of their common rejection within social contexts, such as the school environment. Snijders and colleagues developed a statistical modeling methodology, SIENA, for retaining advantages of network methodology while addressing these challenges. In this article, the authors present an empirical exploration of peer network mechanisms that encourage antisocial behavior in early adolescents. The authors apply SIENA to test a set of specific hypotheses derived from the social learning-based account of antisocial deviant peer processes. These deviant peer processes include: (1) Youth at risk for antisocial behavior tend to affiliate differentially with each other (selection); and (2) These affiliations then increase the risk for higher frequency and severity of such behavior (influence). (Contains 2 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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