Peer influence in children and adolescents: crossing the bridge from developmental to intervention science.

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Journal Article (Review)

Considerable evidence supports the hypothesis that peer relationships influence the growth of problem behavior in youth. Developmental research consistently documents the high levels of covariation between peer and youth deviance, even controlling for selection effects. Ironically, the most common public interventions for deviant youth involve segregation from mainstream peers and aggregation into settings with other deviant youth. Developmental research on peer influence suggests that desired positive effects of group interventions in education, mental health, juvenile justice, and community programming may be offset by deviant peer influences in these settings. Given the public health policy issues raised by these findings, there is a need to better understand the conditions under which these peer contagion effects are most pronounced with respect to intervention foci and context, the child's developmental level, and specific strategies for managing youth behavior in groups.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Gifford-Smith, M; Dodge, KA; Dishion, TJ; McCord, J

Published Date

  • June 2005

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 33 / 3

Start / End Page

  • 255 - 265

PubMed ID

  • 15957555

Pubmed Central ID

  • 15957555

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1573-2835

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0091-0627

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1007/s10802-005-3563-7

Language

  • eng