This research was supported by NIH Grant 1-RO1-HD12806–02 to the Carolina Population Center. The authors would like to thank Susan Newcomer for valuable discussions in the course of this research, and Martha Smith and Freda Cameron for data collection and management assistance.
A Model of Friendship Similarity in Mildly Deviant Behaviors1
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Journal of Applied Social Psychology
Volume 14, Issue 5, pages 413–425, October 1984
How to Cite
Rodgers, J. L., Billy, J. O.G. and Udry, J. R. (1984), A Model of Friendship Similarity in Mildly Deviant Behaviors. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 14: 413–425. doi: 10.1111/j.1559-1816.1984.tb02248.x
- Issue online: 31 JUL 2006
- Version of Record online: 31 JUL 2006
Kandel's research on the relationship between friendship similarity and deviant behavior in adolescents is extended by a consideration of more mildly deviant behaviors, controlling for the possible spurious effects of sex, race, and grade. Tversky's theory of elimination by aspect is used to model the individual level decision-making process involved in friendship selection, and a contingency table model is used as an analytic framework. Results indicate that in females, even controlling for obvious friendship selection factors, mildly deviant behaviors like smoking, drinking, and particularly sexual intercourse affect the observed friendship structure. No such relationship is found in males, however. Tentative theories to explain this difference are proposed.