Our Buddies, Ourselves: The Role of Sexual Homophily in Adolescent Friendship Networks.

Journal Article (Multicenter Study;Journal Article)

The present study tests the assumption that peers wield sufficient influence to induce sexual homophily (i.e., similarities in sexual experiences). Because girls face greater stigma for their sexual experiences than do boys, sexual homophily may be greater in girls' friendship networks than in boys'. Stochastic actor-based models were used to analyze network data (n = 2,566; ages 14-18) from two high schools in the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent to Adult Health. Sexual homophily was present in friendship networks. Girls and boys were equally susceptible to their friends' influence, but the former exhibited a stronger preference for befriending same sexual debut status peers than the latter. The findings suggest that adolescents-particularly girls-"curate" their networks to minimize peer ostracism.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Trinh, SL; Lee, J; Halpern, CT; Moody, J

Published Date

  • January 2019

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 90 / 1

Start / End Page

  • e132 - e147

PubMed ID

  • 29574690

Pubmed Central ID

  • PMC6157003

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1467-8624

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0009-3920

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1111/cdev.13052


  • eng