Volume 2, Issue 2 (1973)
Peer Group Influence During Adolescence
Recent reviews of the literature on peer influence attest to the veritable explosion of research in this area (Campbell, 1964; Hartup, 1970). Whether this is a result of an overdue awakening to the important role that peers play in influencing behavior and development, or whether the role of peers in development has itself taken on greater significance in recent years, cannot be conclusively determined. However, at least one leading investigator has marshalled a great deal of evidence in support of the contention that the family is losing its influence over the individual, while peers are gaining in that respect (Bronfenbrenner, 1970).
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