The Role of Adolescent Friends, Romantic Partners, and Siblings in the Emergence of the Adult Antisocial Lifestyle

Joann Wu Shortt, Deborah M. Capaldi, Lew Bank, Lee D. Owen, Thomas J. Dishion

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Abstract

This study investigated the contribution of social processes in boys' adolescent relationships in 3 key domains - same-sex friends, cross-sex romantic partners, and younger siblings - to continued association with delinquent peers in young adulthood and, therefore, to continuance of an antisocial lifestyle. It was hypothesized that levels of negative interaction and antisocial talk observed during problem-solving discussions would be associated across the 3 domains. The influences of negative interactions and antisocial talk in the adolescent relationships on young-adult delinquent peer association were compared in 2 mediational models. It was posited that antisocial talk would be more predictive of continued association with delinquent peers than would negative interactions. Hypotheses were tested on an at-risk sample of young men (the Oregon Youth Study). Findings were generally in keeping with the hypotheses.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)521-533
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Family Psychology
Volume17
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 2003

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  • Psychology(all)

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