Peer Adaptations in the Development of Antisocial Behavior

A Confluence Model
  • Thomas J. Dishion
  • Gerald R. Patterson
  • Pamela C. Griesler
Part of the The Plenum Series in Social/Clinical Psychology book series (SSSC)


Findings from research on antisocial children present a paradox. Studies reveal that the antisocial child is disliked by peers (Coie & Kupersmidt, 1983; Dishion, 1990; Dodge, 1983), and lacks critical social, academic, and problem-solving skills (Dishion, Loeber, Stouthamer-Loeber, & Patterson, 1984; Freedman, Rosenthal, Donahue, Schlundt, & McFall, 1978; Patterson, 1982). The social skill deficits are not surprising, given that antisocial behavior in childhood is also associated with coercive parenting (Patterson, 1986), and generally poor family management practices (Loeber & Dishion, 1983; McCord, McCord, & Howard, 1963; Patterson, Reid, & Dishion, 1992; West & Farrington, 1973). These findings paint a picture of a child or adolescent who has difficulties getting along with people.


Antisocial Behavior Social Preference Deviant Peer Good Behavior Game Chronic Group 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Thomas J. Dishion
    • 1
  • Gerald R. Patterson
    • 1
  • Pamela C. Griesler
    • 1
  1. 1.Oregon Social Learning CenterEugeneUSA

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