Peer Group and Family Relationships in Early Adolescence

Shmuel Shulman, Inge Seiffge‐Krenke, Rachel Levy‐Shiff, Bracha Fabian, Sara Rotenberg

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This study explored the possible interface between family and peer group systems in early adolescence. Sixth‐graders who were identified as group members were interviewed and given questions regarding their attitudes toward the group and group dynamics. Family atmosphere and parent‐adolescent relationships were evaluated from the parents' perspective. The results show two different linkages of peer and family processes: On the one hand, family relationships are related to the perception of the peer group as a source of support, especially when individual growth is respected within an atmosphere of acceptance and support in the family. On the other hand, family life characterized by conflict and lack of support for individual development is related to an increased involvement with groups and more conformity to group pressure. Results are discussed in line with theories dealing with the role of the family in adolescent development.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)573-590
Number of pages18
JournalInternational Journal of Psychology
Issue number5
StatePublished - Oct 1995


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