Personality correlates of susceptibility to peer influence in adolescence

Stautz, Kaidy and Cooper, Andrew. 2014. Personality correlates of susceptibility to peer influence in adolescence. Journal of Adolescence, 37(4), pp. 401-405. ISSN 0140-1971 [Article]

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Adolescents show a heightened susceptibility to peer influence compared to adults. Individual differences in this susceptibility exist, yet there has been little effort to link these with broader personality processes. Reward sensitivity and impulsive behaviour are also heightened in adolescence and could affect the tendency to be influenced by peers. This study examined associations between self-reported resistance to peer influence, facets of reward sensitivity and impulsivity, and subjective social status in a sample of 269 British sixth form students (mean age 16.79). Multiple regression analyses showed that negative and positive urgency were significantly negatively associated with resistance to peer influence. The relationship between negative urgency and resistance was moderated by subjective social status, such that individuals reporting low status showed a stronger negative relationship. Results suggest that a susceptibility to peer influence is linked with a tendency to act impulsively when in heightened emotional states. Adolescents high in negative urgency who feel lower in their social hierarchy may be particularly vulnerable.

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peer influence; impulsivity; reward sensitivity; urgency

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June 2014Published

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04 Apr 2014 09:41

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29 Apr 2020 16:02

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