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NCJ Number: 227823 Find in a Library
Title: Moderators of Negative Peer Influence on Early Adolescent Externalizing Behaviors: Individual Behavior, Parenting, and School Connectedness
Journal: Journal of Early Adolescence  Volume:29  Issue:4  Dated:August 2009  Pages:518-540
Author(s): Sylvie Mrug; Michael Windle
Date Published: August 2009
Page Count: 23
Sponsoring Agency: Ctr's for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Atlanta, GA 30333
Grant Number: R49-CCR418569
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study examined how antisocial behavior, parenting, and school connectedness moderated the association between peer deviancy and externalizing problems in early adolescence.
Abstract: Results revealed a protective effect of low antisocial behavior and low negative parenting. For preadolescents whose parents reported low levels of behavior problems by their children and low levels of negative parenting practices, peer deviancy did not predict externalizing behavior by early adolescence. For those preadolescents who had preexisting behavior problems or who experienced more negative parenting, identifying aggressive-disruptive peers as friends was related to higher levels of externalizing behaviors over time. Gender, ethnicity, and school connectedness did not appear to affect the relationship between peer deviancy and externalizing behavior. Additionally, older adolescents and those who exhibited behavior problems in preadolescence reported more externalizing behavior in early adolescence. Finally, African-American ethnicity and low school connectedness were marginally associated with higher levels of externalizing problems. Data were collected from 500 boys and girls (majority African-American) who took part in 3 consecutive assessments of the Birmingham Youth Violence Study (BYVS). Tables, figure, and references
Main Term(s): Black/African Americans; Peer influences on behavior
Index Term(s): Acting out behavior; Aggression; Alabama; Antisocial attitudes; Behavior modification; Behavior patterns; Behavior under stress; Behavioral science research; Group behavior; Individual behavior; Juvenile Delinquent behavior; Nonviolent behavior; Parental influence; Problem behavior; Race; Risk taking behavior; Violent-nonviolent behavior comparisons
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