Adolescent Peer Groups and Social Identity.

  title={Adolescent Peer Groups and Social Identity.},
  author={Mark Tarrant},
  journal={Social Development},
  • M. Tarrant
  • Published 2002
  • Psychology
  • Social Development
This study investigated processes by which adolescents form positive evaluations of their peer groups. One-hundred and fifteen male and female adolescents aged 14–15 years made a series of comparisons between their own peer group (the ingroup) and a group of which they were not a member (the outgroup). In line with the predictions of social identity theory (Tajfel and Turner, 1979), participants behaved consistently in ways which favoured the ingroup: compared to the outgroup, the ingroup was… 

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