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ERIC Number: EJ867482
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Oct
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 34
ISSN: ISSN-0272-930X
Understanding Adolescent Delinquency: The Role of Older Siblings' Delinquency and Popularity with Peers
Craine, Jessica L.; Tanaka,Teri A.; Nishina, Adrienne; Conger, Katherine J.
Merrill-Palmer Quarterly: Journal of Developmental Psychology, v55 n4 p436-453 Oct 2009
The present study examined delinquency concordance and the moderating effects of younger sibling perceptions of older sibling popularity in a sample of 587 adolescent sibling pairs. Using a social learning framework and taking dyad composition into account, perceptions of popularity were hypothesized to strengthen siblings' concordance for delinquency. Older sibling delinquency significantly predicted younger sibling delinquency. Older sibling popularity was not important in predicting boys' delinquency. However, perceptions of older sibling popularity directly predicted reduced delinquency for girls with older sisters. A significant interaction effect was found for girls with older brothers. Older brother delinquency predicted girls' delinquency for girls who perceived their older brother to be relatively popular. There was no delinquency concordance for girls who perceived their older brothers to be less popular. (Contains 1 figure, 5 tables, and 1 footnote.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Grade 7
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Iowa