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Title: Effects of peer influences and life-history strategy on Chinese junior high school students’ prosocial and antisocial behaviors
Authors: Zhu, N
Lu, HJ 
Chang, L
Issue Date: Oct-2020
Source: Frontiers in education, Oct. 2020, v. 5, 593744, p. 1- 8
Abstract: Peer influence and life-history strategy have been shown in previous research as facilitators of adolescents’ social conduct. The current research uses the data from a two-wave, nationally representative survey of Chinese junior high school students to examine how different aspects of peer influence and life-history strategy in Grade 7 might contribute to prosocial and antisocial behaviors in Grade 8. We also considered differences between local and migrant students. The results showed that friend prestige predicted more prosocial behaviors and less antisocial behaviors, whereas friend deviancy predicted less prosocial behaviors and more antisocial behaviors. Moreover, the facilitating effect of friend deviancy on antisocial behaviors was amplified in migrant students more than for local students. Slow life-history strategy predicted more prosocial behaviors and, especially for migrant students, less antisocial behaviors. These findings indicate adolescents’ migrant backgrounds deserve extra attention when investigating peer influence and life-history strategy as distinct contributors to adolescents’ social conduct.
Keywords: Adolescence
Life history strategy
Migrant students
Peer influence
Publisher: Frontiers Research Foundation
Journal: Frontiers in education 
EISSN: 2590-2393
DOI: 10.3389/feduc.2020.593744
Rights: Copyright © 2020 Zhu, Lu and Chang. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY) ( The use, distribution or reproduction in other forums is permitted, provided the original author(s) and the copyright owner(s) are credited and that the original publication in this journal is cited, in accordance with accepted academic practice. No use, distribution or reproduction is permitted which does not comply with these terms.
The following publication Zhu N, Lu HJ and Chang L (2020) Effects of Peer Influences and Life-History Strategy on Chinese Junior High School Students’ Prosocial and Antisocial Behaviors. Front. Educ. 5:593744 is available at doi: 10.3389/feduc.2020.593744
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