Friendship Gender Structure and Projection: Examining Perceptions of Peer Delinquency in Friendships of Different Gender StructureAmerican Society of Criminology (2011)
AbstractPeer delinquency is nearly always operationalized with an individual’s perceptions of his/her peers’ behavior rather than the peers’ actual offending. Because of this form of measurement, one’s perception of their peers’ delinquency may be different than their peer’s actual delinquency. Using data from a large sample of young adult friendship pairs in emerging adulthood, we employ self-reported and perceptual measures of delinquency to determine how individuals use their own delinquency to cognitively develop a perception of a peer’s delinquency and how other personal characteristics (e.g., self-control) may affect these perceptions. Using comparison tests, we identify which dyadic gender structure provides the most accurate perceptual peer delinquency measure. Results suggest that perceptions contain many elements and vary greatly across friendship gender structure, raising questions regarding the validity of the most common operationalization of the peer delinquency construct.
- Peer delinquency,
- Friendship pairs,
- Emerging adults,
- Self-reported delinquency,
- Gender structure in friendships
Publication DateNovember 18, 2011
Citation InformationBryan Lee Miller, John H. Boman IV, Laura E. Agnich, and John M. Stogner. "Friendship Gender Structure and Projection: Examining Perceptions of Peer Delinquency in Friendships of Different Gender Structure" American Society of Criminology. Washington, D. C.. Nov. 2011.