The Trajectories of Adolescents' Perceptions of School Climate, Deviant Peer Affiliation, and Behavioral Problems During the Middle School Years

Ming Te Wang, Thomas J. Dishion

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Abstract

This longitudinal study examined trajectories of change in adolescents' perceptions of four dimensions of school climate (academic support, behavior management, teacher social support, and peer social support) and the effects of such trajectories on adolescent problem behaviors. We also tested whether school climate moderated the associations between deviant peer affiliation and adolescent problem behaviors. The 1,030 participating adolescents from eight schools were followed from sixth through eighth grades (54% female; 76% European American). Findings indicated that all the dimensions of school climate declined, and behavioral problems and deviant peer affiliation increased. Declines in each dimension were associated with increases in behavioral problems. The prediction of problem behavior from peer affiliation was moderated by adolescents' perceptions of school climate.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)40-53
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Research on Adolescence
Volume22
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 2012

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cultural Studies
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Behavioral Neuroscience

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