The authors are graciously indebted to Steven Borgatti, Filip Agneessens, Adam Jonas, and the University of Kentucky LINKS Center for Social Network Analysis for their help on this article.
All My Friends Are Doing It: Potentially Offensive Sexual Behavior Perpetration Within Adolescent Social Networks
Article first published online: 13 JUN 2014
© 2014 The Authors. Journal of Research on Adolescence © 2014 Society for Research on Adolescence
Journal of Research on Adolescence
Volume 25, Issue 3, pages 592–604, September 2015
How to Cite
Jewell, J., Spears Brown, C. and Perry, B. (2015), All My Friends Are Doing It: Potentially Offensive Sexual Behavior Perpetration Within Adolescent Social Networks. Journal of Research on Adolescence, 25: 592–604. doi: 10.1111/jora.12150
- Issue published online: 16 JUL 2015
- Article first published online: 13 JUN 2014
The current study used social network analysis to investigate peer network and individual predictors of potentially offensive sexual behaviors among high school students. Ninth-grade students (n = 308; 158 girls) completed surveys assessing their perpetration of potentially offensive sexual behaviors against their peers, as well as measures of their sexualized gender stereotypes and propensity to self-monitor. Participants selected up to eight of their closest friends from a roster. Results revealed homophily of potentially offensive sexual behaviors, such that adolescents perpetrated similar amounts of physical/verbal, electronic, and homophobic behaviors as their friends. Characteristics of the peer network (e.g., mean network perpetration, centrality of individual, and gender composition) and the individual adolescent (e.g., gender, sexualized gender stereotypes, self-monitoring) predicted adolescents’ own behavior.