Dangerous Social and Peer Groups

- The role of peer dependence and supportive friendships during adolescence may lead to identification with a deviant and dangerous peer group by an individual that does not seem to "fit in" anywhere else.

- Some long term consequences of such identification with a dangerous social group are an adolescent sacrificing their talents, school performance, and rules of parents on behavior and academic achievement.

- Vulnerable adolescents risk becoming more deviant through association with deviant peers and peer groups.

- Deviant peer influences are among the most potent factors in the development of antisocial behavior. 

- Deviant and dangerous adolescents are often grouped together, making the likelihood of further deviant and dangerous behavior more likely.

- Many researchers who study adolescent drug use attach special importance to peers as a source of influence for drug-taking behaviors (ex. Cigarette smoking, binge drinking, etc.)

- Schools must work to create an environment that deters antisocial behaviors by recognizing and modifying aspects of the school climate that provide an arena for these types of behaviors to thrive.

- Risk Factors for Dangerous Social/Peer Groups that Educators Should Look For:

             - Individual:

                        - Lack of guilt and empathy

                        - Life stressors

                        - Poor refusal skills/Inability to resist impulsive behaviors

                        - Victimization and exposure to violence

             - Family:

                       - Family management problems

                       - Poor parental supervision/involvement

                       - Sibling antisocial behavior

 

            - School:

                       - Dropping out of school

                       - Poorly organized and functioning schools

                       - Negative labeling by teachers

                       - Truancy/Frequent Absences

             - Peer:

                       - Association with delinquent and/or aggressive peers

                       - Peer alcohol, tobacco, and/or other drug use

                       - Peer rejection