The Peer Culture Model

  • Larry K. Brendtro
  • William Wasmund

Abstract

Behavior managers of all theoretical persuasions have long wrestled with the problem of how to compete with the reinforcement power of the youth peer group. In his now-classic work Cottage Six, sociologist Howard Polsky (1962) demonstrated how a negative subculture of residents could undermine the treatment process. Numerous other studies have shown that a powerful peer counterculture can effectively disrupt the influence of adults (Schaefer, 1980).

Keywords

Social Competence Group Leader Moral Development Residential Treatment Therapeutic Community 
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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1989

Authors and Affiliations

  • Larry K. Brendtro
    • 1
  • William Wasmund
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of EducationAugustana CollegeSioux FallsUSA
  2. 2.The United Methodist Children’s HomeWorthingtonUSA

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