The Effects of Peer and Adult Influence on Adolescent Prosocial Behavior
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Type of Work30 p.
action research papers
ProgramMasters of Education
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SubjectsEducation -- Research papers (Graduate)
Social interaction in adolescence -- Research
Teenagers and adults -- Research
Peer pressure in adolescence -- Research
The purpose of this study was to determine if there would be differences in self-reported adolescent behavior in the presence of adults versus peer groups. This study was also designed to determine if those influences would cause specific types of prosocial behavior. The instrument used to assess prosocial behavior in this study was the Prosocial Tendencies Measure (PTM) and the Higgins‘ Event Reaction Questionnaire (ERQ). This study used a static-group comparison design with participants completing the aforementioned paper and pencil measures. There were no significant effects on behavior demonstrated by the 101 middle school aged participants. Research in this area should continue in order for educators to develop appropriate curriculum for students that teaches and encourages prosocial behavior.