ERIC Number: EJ935694
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Sep
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 47
How Do Efforts to Enhance Career Preparation Affect Peer Groups?
Kiuru, Noona; Koivisto, Petri; Mutanen, Pertti; Vuori, Jukka; Nurmi, Jari-Erik
Journal of Research on Adolescence, v21 n3 p677-690 Sep 2011
The present study investigated how efforts to enhance career preparation affect peer groups. The participants were 710 9th graders who were randomized into control and intervention groups and assessed 3 times during 1 academic year: at baseline (T1, Fall), immediately after the career preparation intervention (T2, 3 months after baseline), and 5 months after the intervention (T3, Spring). The results showed, first, that maintenance of a stable clique was more likely when most clique members participated in the intervention. Second, it was found that the members of adolescents' cliques resembled each other in respect of the strength of the intervention effect. Finally, the results showed that the similarity of the clique members in career choice preparedness first decreased as a result of the short-term impact of the intervention but then increased after the intervention was over, suggesting that peer groups were partly responsible for weakening the effect of the intervention. These results have important implications for understanding how peer groups moderate external influences on their members and how the stability of peer groups is affected by these influences.
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Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; Grade 9; Secondary Education
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