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Type of Document Dissertation
Author Sheaffer, Amanda W
Author's Email Address amanda.w.sheaffer@vanderbilt.edu
URN etd-11192019-112148
Title Peer Affiliation and School-based Problem Behavior During Adolescence: A Cross-sectional Evaluation
Degree PhD
Department Special Education
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Chris Lemons Committee Member
Joseph Wehby Committee Member
Kimberly Paulsen Committee Member
Vicki Harris Committee Member
  • peer affiliation and school-based problem behavior
  • deviant peer affiliation
  • gender
  • problem behavior
  • peer affiliation
Date of Defense 2019-10-29
Availability unrestricted
Peer affiliation is an important factor in the behavioral trajectories of adolescents, and the effect of peer dynamics on problem behavior is especially salient in the school setting. In this paper, the author presents a cross-sectional evaluation of the link between deviant peer affiliation and school-based problem behavior for middle school students within and across gender and disability subgroups. Findings demonstrate an association between deviant peer affiliation and school-based problem behavior across student groups and highlight potential differences in findings by type of behavior, gender, and disability status. The author discusses implications of findings and recommends directions for future research.
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