Peer group processes and adolescent health-related behavior: more than 'peer group pressure'?

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    This paper argues that 'peer group pressure' conveys an individualistic and hence inadequate account of the group processes involved in adolescents' adoption of health-related behaviours such as smoking and drinking. We describe traditional analyses of adolescent peer processes, illustrate how these contain a series of individualistic assumptions about peer interactions/social influence processes, and describe how these structure the analysis of adolescent health-related behaviour and health education interventions. We highlight the inadequacies of these analyses, outline an alternative and draw out its implications for health education.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)329-345
    Number of pages17
    JournalJournal of Community & Applied Social Psychology
    Issue number5
    Publication statusPublished - 1994

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