The Peer Culture Model

  • Larry K. Brendtro
  • William Wasmund


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).


Social Competence Group Leader Moral Development Residential Treatment Therapeutic Community 
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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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