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Encyclopedia of Psychology Alan E. Kazdin, PhD, Editor-in-Chief

ADOLESCENCE: Friendships and Peer Groups


In part because of the importance of social acceptance during adolescence, friendship networks during this period often are organized into relatively rigid cliques that differ in social status within the school setting (Brown, 1990). The existence of these cliques seems to reflect adolescents’ need to establish a sense of identity; belonging to a group is one way to solve the problem of “who am I.”

The High School Transition.

A more thorough examination is needed of how the organization and structure of our high schools influences cognitive, motivational, and achievement outcomes.

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