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Social Changes and Peer Group Influence among the Adolescents Pursuing Under Graduation

Author Affiliations

  • 1 Department of Social Work, Bharathidasan University, Tiruchirappalli, Tamilnadu, INDIA

Int. Res. J. Social Sci., Volume 2, Issue (2), Pages 1-5, February,14 (2013)


The purpose of this paper is to examine the concept of impact of social changes and peer group influence during adolescence. Adolescence is an age when an individual becomes integrated into the society of adults, the age when the child no longer feels that he is below the level of elders, equal, at least in rights. This integration into adult society has many affective aspects and changes in social behaviour. The purpose of this quantitative, descriptive study was to explore social changes and peer group influence during adolescence. Self -prepared 5 point scale was used to assess the social changes among adolescence. Since friendship in early adolescence plays an important role in psychosocial development, the findings of the study shows that overall social changes has positive correlation with various dimension of social changes like peer group influence, changes in social behaviour, social grouping, selection of friends, social acceptance and selection of leader during adolescence.


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