Extrinsic relative to intrinsic goal pursuits and peer dynamics: Selection and influence processes among adolescents

Bart Duriez*, Matteo Giletta, Peter Kuppens, Maarten Vansteenkiste

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Abstract

Self-Determination Theory discerns goals and values in terms of whether they are intrinsic or extrinsic in nature. Although research substantiates the importance of goal preferences for a host of outcomes, few studies examined how such preferences develop, and studies that did pay attention to this focused on parental influence processes. The present study focuses on the role of peers. Social network analyses on longitudinal data gathered among senior high-school students (N = 695) confirm that peer similarity in goal pursuit exists, and that, although this similarity partly originates from adolescents selecting friends on the basis of perceived goal pursuit similarity, it also results from peers actively influencing each other. Hence, friends tend to become more alike in terms of goal pursuit over time. Data also suggest that, although changes in goal pursuit at this age can be predicted from peer dynamics, they cannot be attributed to parental goal promotion efforts. (C) 2013 The Foundation for Professionals in Services for Adolescents. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)925-933
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Adolescence
Volume36
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2013
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Goals
  • Values
  • Peer similarity
  • Peer selection
  • Peer influence
  • SELF-DETERMINATION THEORY
  • SOCIAL NETWORK ANALYSIS
  • ETHNIC PREJUDICE
  • VALUES
  • FRIENDSHIP
  • BEHAVIOR
  • SOCIALIZATION
  • QUALITY
  • AUTHORITARIANISM
  • CONTAGION

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