Adolescent growth in new forms of problem behavior: Macro- And Micro-Peer dynamics

Gerald R. Patterson, Thomas J. Dishion, Karen Yoerger

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

285 Scopus citations


Longitudinal data from an at-risk sample were used to analyze individual linear trend scores for each of three new forms of problem behavior that emerges during the interval from age 10 through 18 years. Growth in substance use, health-risking sexual behavior and police arrests defined a latent construct for growth in adolescent problem behavior. A structural equation model (SEM) showed a significant path from early involvement with deviant peers to a latent construct for growth in new forms of antisocial behavior. A second SEM showed that the contribution of early involvement to later growth was mediated by a latent construct for deviancy training assessed at age 14 years. The relative rates of reinforcement for deviancy, amount of time spent with deviant peers, and deviancy level of the peer network defined a deviancy training construct that accounted for 53% of the variance in later growth in new forms.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3-13
Number of pages11
JournalPrevention Science
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2000
Externally publishedYes


  • Crime
  • Deviant peers
  • Growth in adolescent problem behavior
  • Sex
  • Substance use

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


Dive into the research topics of 'Adolescent growth in new forms of problem behavior: Macro- And Micro-Peer dynamics'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this