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Author Goodlett, Benjamin D.
Title Adolescent characteristics and peer influence as predictors of antisocial behavior in males [electronic resource] / by Benjamin D. Goodlett.
Publication Info. 2013
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 Libraries Electronic Books  Electronic Resource - WSU ETD    AVAIL. ONLINE
Description 51 p. :
Note Advisor: Christopher J. Trentacosta.
Thesis Thesis (M.A.) -- Wayne State University, 2013.
Summary Deviant peer influence during adolescence has been found to predict substance use, delinquency, and aggression. This study examined youth characteristics (prosociality, daring, and verbal ability) along with peer influence (deviant talk) as predictors of antisocial behavior. Peer influence, in the form of deviant talk, was also examined as a potential mediator between youth characteristics and antisocial behavior. The current study added to the literature by examining a slope measure of deviant talk as an organizing feature of peer discussions. Data were collected prospectively from a subsample of 178 youths participating in the Pitt Mother and Child Project. Findings supported daring, verbal ability, and percent deviant talk as direct predictors of antisocial behavior while controlling for a number of risk factors. Evidence of a mediated relationship was not found. The findings suggest independent pathways from youth characteristics and peer influence to antisocial behavior.
Subject Psychology
Added Title Wayne State University thesis (M.A.) : Psychology (Clinical)
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