Peer Selection and Socialization in Adolescent Depression: The Role of School Transitions

Academic Article


  • Previous studies have indicated homophily in depressive symptoms among adolescent friends, resulting from both peer selection and socialization processes. However, developmental differences and the role of school transitions in these processes have not been elucidated. A sample of 367 (51% female) adolescents was followed from 6th to 11th grade to investigate prospective relationships between adolescents' and their friends' depressive symptoms in middle school and in high school. Results revealed that students selected friends with similar levels of depressive symptoms after each school transition. Additionally, friends appeared to socialize adolescents to become more similar in depressive affect in late middle school years. These findings suggest normative selection effects after school transitions, followed by socialization effects in middle school, but not high school. © 2011 Springer Science+Business Media, LLC.
  • Authors

    Digital Object Identifier (doi)

    Pubmed Id

  • 24122149
  • Author List

  • Goodwin NP; Mrug S; Borch C; Cillessen AHN
  • Start Page

  • 320
  • End Page

  • 332
  • Volume

  • 41
  • Issue

  • 3