publication . Article . Other literature type . 2005

Peer Influence in Children and Adolescents: Crossing the Bridge from Developmental to Intervention Science

Thomas J. Dishion; Mary E. Gifford-Smith; Kenneth A. Dodge; Joan McCord;
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  • Published: 01 Jun 2005 Journal: Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, volume 33, pages 255-265 (issn: 0091-0627, eissn: 1573-2835, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: Springer Science and Business Media LLC
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...
Medical Subject Headings: education
free text keywords: Developmental and Educational Psychology, Psychiatry and Mental health, Article, Poison control, Mental health, Psychological intervention, Developmental psychology, Interpersonal relationship, Deviance (sociology), Juvenile delinquency, Social psychology, Suicide prevention, Psychology, Peer group
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