This study was made possible by access to the data from the Political Socialization Program, a longitudinal research program at Youth & Society (Y&S) at Örebro University, Sweden. Professors Erik Amnå, Mats Ekström, Margaret Kerr, and Håkan Stattin were responsible for the planning, implementation, and financing of the collection of data. The data collection and the study were supported by grants from Riksbankens Jubileumsfond.
Peer Networks and the Development of Illegal Political Behavior Among Adolescents
Article first published online: 5 AUG 2013
© 2013 The Authors. Journal of Research on Adolescence © 2013 Society for Research on Adolescence
Journal of Research on Adolescence
Special Issue: Special Section: Youth Gangs and Adolescent Development: New Findings, New Challenges, and New Directions
Volume 24, Issue 2, pages 399–409, June 2014
How to Cite
Dahl, V. and van Zalk, M. (2014), Peer Networks and the Development of Illegal Political Behavior Among Adolescents. Journal of Research on Adolescence, 24: 399–409. doi: 10.1111/jora.12072
- Issue published online: 23 MAY 2014
- Article first published online: 5 AUG 2013
This study examined to what extent peer influence explains the development of illegal political behavior controlling for peer selection, legal political peer influence, and gender effects. Late adolescents who filled out questionnaires at two annual measurements were used in a longitudinal social network approach (N = 1006; Mage = 16.62). Results showed that peers' involvement in illegal political behavior predicted adolescents' increases in illegal political behavior. Adolescents did not select other peers with similar illegal political behavior. Nevertheless, adolescents selected peers with similar legal political behavior. Findings were discussed in light of a stage process where adolescents initially chose peers with similar legal political behavior. Subsequently, peers influence adolescents on both legal and illegal political behavior.