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Friends, Lovers and Groups: Key Relationships in Adolescence



Friends, Lovers and Groups: Key Relationships in Adolescence


In recent years, dating and romantic partners have been recognized as important peer relations within adolescence and research in this area is just emerging. Peer groups and peer pressure are more well established areas of research into adolescence, with recent studies focusing on peer groups and anti-social behaviour.

The book will be the first in a series of three that examines the latest research in key areas of developmental psychology, edited by Rutger Engels and Hakan Stattin.

This volume will present four areas of peer research: the ‘deviancy training’ mechanism of peer influence; behavioural genetic analytical techniques in understanding peer selection; romantic partners as peer relationships; and in-school and out-of-school peers studies.

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Introduction and Overview (Rutger C. M. E. Engels, Margaret Kerr, and Hakan Stattin).

1 Male Adolescent Friendships: Relationship Dynamics that Predict Adult Adjustment (Thomas J. Dishion and Sarah E. Nelson).

2 Peer Influence and the Development of Antisocial Behavior (Lara Mayeux and Antonius H. N. Cillessen).

3 Peers and Adolescent Substance Use (Rutger C. M. E. Engels, Sander M. Bot, Ron H. J. Scholte, and Isabela Granic).

4 The Rocky Road of Adolescent Romantic Experience: Dating and Adjustment (Wyndol Furman, Martin J. Ho, and Sabina M. Low).

5 Individual Differences in Adolescent Dating and Adjustment (Brett Laursen and Karen S. Mooney).

6 Three Perspectives on Gender Differences in Adolescent Sexual Development (Roy F. Baumeister and Ginnette C. Blackhart).

7 Peers, Parents, and Processes of Adolescent Socialization: A Twin-Study Perspective (Richard J. Rose).

8 Peers and Problem Behavior: Have We Missed Something? (Margaret Kerr, Håkan Stattin, and Jeff Kiesner).

9 Peers Among Immigrants – Some Comments on ‘Have We Missed Something?’ (Rainer K. Silbereisen and Peter Titzmann).

10 Understanding the Place of Place in Developmental Psychology (William Bukowski and Carolina Lisboa).


"This volume gathers four areas of peer research and particularly highlights innovative lines of research." (Journal for the Study of Marriage and Spirituality, Spring 2008)