This book is designed to guide students through the latest developments of theory and research on relationships from adolescence to young adulthood. Unique to this text is a focus on relationship change across middle childhood into adolescence and across late adolescence into early adulthood. Experts on adolescent relationships from across the globe summarize the current state of literature on family and peer relationships, as well as the environmental and genetic factors that influence them. Students will benefit from the comprehensive, rigorous, yet accessible overview of key content; such as what defines the relationship processes, what describes the individual and contextual factors that influence relationships, family relationships, sibling relationships, and parent-child relationships during the transition into adolescence and into young adulthood.

Transformations in Adolescent Peer Networks

Transformations in Adolescent Peer Networks

Transformations in adolescent peer networks
RenéVeenstraJan KornelisDijkstra

Transformations in peer networks concern the dynamics of both the network and behaviors. Beginning in early childhood, children sort themselves nonrandomly into friendships, selecting peers who are similar to themselves in important ways. In turn, the processes of creating and keeping friendships influence the behavior and attitudes of individuals. Thus, the interplay between dynamics in behaviors and networks is captured by two distinct processes: (1) selection processes and (2) influence processes.

Selection processes comprise the formation and dissolution of relationships and, thus, changes in the network. The best-known example of a selection process may be the assortative pairing process: the formation of a relationship based on the similarity of two individuals (McPherson, Smith-Lovin, & Cook, 2001), ...

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