Susceptibility to Peer Influence: Its Causes and Consequences for Delinquency Open Access

Greeson, Stephanie Marie (2015)

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This paper examines whether susceptibility conditions the effect of delinquent peer association on delinquency, replicating and extending prior research. This study also examines factors that influence susceptibility to peer influence, including bonds to family and society and level of self-control. Measures of social bonds focus on attachment, commitment, and conventional beliefs. The self-control measures index impulsivity and risk-taking. Social learning is measured by association with delinquent peers. Data are from the Research on Pathways to Desistance study of juvenile offenders in Phoenix, AZ and Philadelphia, PA. Linear regression analysis indicates that social bonds, self-control, social learning, and susceptibility to peer influence have a significant impact on self-reported delinquency. Susceptibility to peer influence, however, does not condition the effect of delinquent peer association on delinquency. A second regression model indicates that impulse control has the biggest effect on susceptibility to peer influence.

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Introduction 1

Literature Review 6

Methods 9

Results 15

Discussion 20


Appendix A 27

Appendix B 29

Appendix C 30

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