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Advances in Psychological Science ›› 2017, Vol. 25 ›› Issue (11): 1898-1909.doi: 10.3724/SP.J.1042.2017.01898

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 Peer selection and peer influence: A meta-analysis on social network based research on adolescent delinquency

 DENG Xiaoping1,2; XU Chen2; CHENG Maowei3; ZHANG Xiangkui4   

  1.  (1 The Research Center of Educational Economics, Gannan Normal University, Ganzhou 341000, China) (2 School of Education Science, Gannan Normal University, Ganzhou 341000, China) (3 Ganzhou No.11 Middle School, Ganzhou 341000, China) (4 School of Psychology, Northeast Normal University, Changchun 130024, China)
  • Received:2017-04-17 Online:2017-11-15 Published:2017-09-25
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Abstract:  Accumulating studies have examined the impact of peer selection and peer influence on adolescent delinquency via longitudinal social network analyses. This meta-analysis aims to synthesize the existing findings. A total of 22 papers that have used longitudinal social network analysis were identified, involving 30 independent samples (N = 27746). The results show that (1) the impacts of both peer selection and peer influence were significant but peer influence exerted stronger impacts; (2) peer selection exerted stronger influences during early stage than during the middle and late stages, whereas peer influence exerted stronger impacts during middle and late stages than during early stage (3) delinquent behavior type did not make a difference. (4) larger number of networks was associated with stronger influence of peer selection and peer influence.

Key words: adolescent delinquency, peer selection, peer influence, longitudinal social network analysis, meta-analysis

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