Age differences in adolescents' perceptions of their peer groups.

@article{Gavin1989AgeDI,
  title={Age differences in adolescents' perceptions of their peer groups.},
  author={Leslie A. Gavin and Wyndol Duane Furman},
  journal={Developmental Psychology},
  year={1989},
  volume={25},
  pages={827-834}
}
This study employed social psychological theories of group formation to conceptualize and predict age differences in peer groups. Adolescents were administered questionnaires about the characteristics of their peer groups. Early and middle adolescents reported placing more value on being in a popular group and perceived more group conformity and leadership within their groups than preand late adolescents. Early and middle adolescents also reported more antagonist interactions and fewer positive… 

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