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Title: Opportunities and peer support for aggression and delinquency during adolescence in nine countries
Authors: Jennifer E. Lansford
Susannah Zietz
Marc H. Bornstein
Kirby Deater-Deckard
Laura Di Giunta
Kenneth A. Dodge
Sevtap Gurdal
Qin Liu
Qian Long
Patrick S. Malone
Paul Oburu
Concetta Pastorelli
Ann T. Skinner
Emma Sorbring
Laurence Steinberg
Sombat Tapanya
Liliana Maria Uribe Tirado
Saengduean Yotanyamaneewong
Liane Peña Alampay
Suha M. Al-Hassan
Dario Bacchini
Lei Chang
Keywords: Psychology
Issue Date: 25-Jun-2020
Abstract: © 2020 Wiley Periodicals LLC This study tested culture-general and culture-specific aspects of adolescent developmental processes by focusing on opportunities and peer support for aggressive and delinquent behavior, which could help account for cultural similarities and differences in problem behavior during adolescence. Adolescents from 12 cultural groups in 9 countries (China, Colombia, Italy, Jordan, Kenya, the Philippines, Sweden, Thailand, and the United States) provided data at ages 12, 14, and 15. Variance in opportunities and peer support for aggression and delinquency, as well as aggressive and delinquent behavior, was greater within than between cultures. Across cultural groups, opportunities and peer support for aggression and delinquency increased from early to mid-adolescence. Consistently across diverse cultural groups, opportunities and peer support for aggression and delinquency predicted subsequent aggressive and delinquent behavior, even after controlling for prior aggressive and delinquent behavior. The findings illustrate ways that international collaborative research can contribute to developmental science by embedding the study of development within cultural contexts.
ISSN: 15348687
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