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PEER GROUPS Groups of people who  are roughly the same  age Modernization has  led to more age  segregation Schools Workplace Community U.S. high school  seniors < 15% of  waking hours spent  with family   Slide 2
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THE ORIGINS OF ADOLESCENT PEER  GROUPS  IN CONTEMPORARY SOCIETY  Educational Origins of Adolescent Peer Groups Age grading in public schools Impact on social life has been staggering Organized activities outside of school contribute to  age segregation Work, Family Life, and Adolescent Peer Groups Tougher child labor laws Longer secondary education Separation of adults and adolescents Adults at work Teens at school
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Changes in the Population Baby Boom created an “adolescent boom” in the  1960s and early 1970s About 10% of U.S. population Teenage population is now about 7% of U.S.  population
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THE ADOLESCENT PEER CULTURE: A PROBLEM OR A NECESSITY? Some researchers believe age segregation has led to a   separate youth culture  Youth maintain attitudes/values different from the rest of  society  Some researchers believe due to industrialization  Adults can no longer prepare youth for the future so peer  groups are vital
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THE ADOLESCENT PEER CULTURE: A PROBLEM OR A NECESSITY? Is There a Separate Youth Culture? In most high schools, athletic and social success are  more reliable routes to popularity than is academic  success Argument:  Rise in peer group power is directly linked  to rise in adolescent problems
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THE ADOLESCENT PEER CULTURE: A PROBLEM OR A NECESSITY? Need for Peer Groups in Modern Society As the family has become a less important political  and economic institution,  universalistic  norms have  come to replace  particularistic  ones Argument:  Adolescents have come to play a valuable  role in preparing one another for adulthood
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THE ADOLESCENT PEER CULTURE: A PROBLEM OR A NECESSITY Margaret Mead: Socialization for Adulthood Postfigurative cultures: Culture change is slow What youth need to know comes through contact with  elders Cofigurative cultures: Culture changes quickly Elders knowledge may be outdated Socialization through contact with same-aged people
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