Peer group deviancy in organized activities and youths’ problem behaviours

Authors: Denault, Anne-SophiePoulin, François
Abstract: The goal of this study was to examine whether youths’ perceptions of the level of deviancy in their organized activity peer group predicted an increase in their antisocial behaviours and substance use. Their prior behaviour and the level of codeviance with their friends were controlled. Moderators of this association were also examined, including characteristics of youths (i.e., gender) and activity contexts (i.e., type, degree of supervision, age and gender composition of the peer group). Participating youths (N 185; Mage 14.34, 60% girls) were surveyed in Grades 8 and 9 using phone interviews and questionnaires. Results revealed that peer group deviancy predicted increases in youths’ problem behaviours after controlling for covariates. In addition, this association was moderated by the age composition of the activity peer group for antisocial behaviours and by activity type for substance use. Overall, these findings draw attention to the possibility of negative peer group dynamics in organized activities.
Document Type: Article de recherche
Issue Date: 3 October 2011
Open Access Date: 26 July 2016
Document version: AM
This document was published in: Canadian Journal of Behavioural Science/Revue canadienne des sciences du comportement, Vol. 44 (2), 83–92 (2012)
Canadian Psychological Association
Alternative version: 10.1037/a0025705
Collection:Articles publiés dans des revues avec comité de lecture

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