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Birds of Which Feather? Similarity Among Friends for Delinquency and Other Attributes

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Criminological interest in peers follows from the well established finding that friends tend to be similar in their levels of delinquency, with ongoing theoretical and empirical interest in the degree to which that similarity stems from selection of like friends versus influence between friends. We seek to illuminate the nature and meaning of friends’ similarity on delinquency by comparing this similarity with similarity for other attributes, examining change in similarity on delinquency across the 6th through 9th grades, and assessing the degree of variability in levels of friendship similarity across communities. Thus, we seek to portray the relative importance of delinquency as an organizing dimension of adolescents’ social worlds. We draw on data from PROSPER Peers, a study of two grade cohorts of youth in 27 non-metropolitan communities in Iowa and Pennsylvania, with friendship information gathered on five occasions from 6th through 9th grades, with 11,000 respondents at each wave—resulting in 368 school/grade/wave specific networks. We find a moderate level of similarity for delinquency (r approx .20) that increases slightly with age. By 9th grade there is distinctly greater similarity for substance use and school grades, and at all ages similarity for gender dwarfs similarity for all other attributes.
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Osgood, D. Wayne. and Siennick, Sonja. "Birds of Which Feather? Similarity Among Friends for Delinquency and Other Attributes" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the ASC Annual Meeting, Philadelphia Marriott Downtown, Philadelphia, PA, <Not Available>. 2014-11-28 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p372483_index.html>

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Osgood, D. and Siennick, S. "Birds of Which Feather? Similarity Among Friends for Delinquency and Other Attributes" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the ASC Annual Meeting, Philadelphia Marriott Downtown, Philadelphia, PA <Not Available>. 2014-11-28 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p372483_index.html

Publication Type: Conference Paper/Unpublished Manuscript
Abstract: Criminological interest in peers follows from the well established finding that friends tend to be similar in their levels of delinquency, with ongoing theoretical and empirical interest in the degree to which that similarity stems from selection of like friends versus influence between friends. We seek to illuminate the nature and meaning of friends’ similarity on delinquency by comparing this similarity with similarity for other attributes, examining change in similarity on delinquency across the 6th through 9th grades, and assessing the degree of variability in levels of friendship similarity across communities. Thus, we seek to portray the relative importance of delinquency as an organizing dimension of adolescents’ social worlds. We draw on data from PROSPER Peers, a study of two grade cohorts of youth in 27 non-metropolitan communities in Iowa and Pennsylvania, with friendship information gathered on five occasions from 6th through 9th grades, with 11,000 respondents at each wave—resulting in 368 school/grade/wave specific networks. We find a moderate level of similarity for delinquency (r approx .20) that increases slightly with age. By 9th grade there is distinctly greater similarity for substance use and school grades, and at all ages similarity for gender dwarfs similarity for all other attributes.


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