Try out PMC Labs and tell us what you think. Learn More. This study provides an exhaustive review of 44 peer-reviewed quantitative or qualitative data-based peer-reviewed studies completed on adolescent peer group identification. The studies reviewed suggest that adolescent peer groups consist of five general categories differentiable by lifestyle characteristics: Elites, Athletes, Academics, Deviants, and Others. We found that the Deviant adolescent group category reported relatively greater participation in drug use and other problem behaviors across studies, whereas Academics and Athletes exhibited the least participation in these problem behaviors. Additional research is needed in this arena to better understand the operation of adolescent group labels.
Adolescent peer group identification and characteristics: A review of the literature
Peer Relationships | Adolescent Psychology
Peer pressure and influence can be positive. For example, your child might be influenced to become more assertive, try new activities, or to get more involved with school. But it can be negative too. She might choose to do some things that her friends do, but not others. Coping well with peer influence is about getting the balance right between being yourself and fitting in with your group. Here are some ideas to help your child with this.
As children become adolescents, they usually begin spending more time with their peers and less time with their families, and these peer interactions are increasingly unsupervised by adults. During adolescence, peer groups evolve from primarily single-sex to mixed-sex. Figure
In sociology , a peer group is both a social group and a primary group of people who have similar interests homophily , age, background, or social status. The members of this group are likely to influence the person's beliefs and behaviour. In a high school setting for example, 18 year olds are a peer group with 14 year olds because they share similar and paralleled life experiences in school together.