publication . Other literature type . Article . 2011

Peer Contagion in Child and Adolescent Social and Emotional Development

Thomas J. Dishion; Jessica M. Tipsord;
Open Access English
  • Published: 10 Jan 2011
In this article, we examine the construct of peer contagion in childhood and adolescence and review studies of child and adolescent development that have identified peer contagion influences. Evidence suggests that children's interactions with peers are tied to increases in aggression in early and middle childhood and amplification of problem behaviors such as drug use, delinquency, and violence in early to late adolescence. Deviancy training is one mechanism that accounts for peer contagion effects on problem behaviors from age 5 through adolescence. In addition, we discuss peer contagion relevant to depression in adolescence, and corumination as an interactive...
Medical Subject Headings: education
free text keywords: Article, General Psychology, Social relation, Developmental psychology, Juvenile delinquency, Social influence, Aggression, medicine.symptom, medicine, Friendship, media_common.quotation_subject, media_common, Psychology, Child abuse, Peer group, Child development, Social psychology
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