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“Your Friends Do Matter”: Peer Group Talk in Adolescence and Gender Violence Victimization

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Department of Sociology, University of Barcelona, 08034 Barcelona, Spain
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Department of Theory and History of Education, University of Barcelona, 08035 Barcelona, Spain
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Department of Teaching and Learning and Educational Organization, University of Barcelona, 08035 Barcelona, Spain
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Department of Pedagogy, Universitat Rovira i Virgili, 43007 Tarragona, Spain
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Children 2021, 8(2), 65; https://doi.org/10.3390/children8020065
Received: 16 December 2020 / Revised: 13 January 2021 / Accepted: 18 January 2021 / Published: 20 January 2021
(This article belongs to the Section Global and Public Health)
Research on gender violence has identified as one main component leading to gender violence a dominant socialization process which associates attractiveness to men who show violent behaviors and attitudes, while egalitarian and non-violent men are emptied of attractiveness. This is known as coercive dominant discourse. Starting from the evidence that the peer group is a main context of socialization in adolescence, quantitative data were collected from six classes of secondary education (14–15-year-old adolescents) to explore whether the coercive dominant discourse is displayed in social interactions in the peer group and, if so, how it influences attractiveness patterns and sexual-affective behavior in adolescence. The analyses reveal that the coercive dominant discourse is often reproduced in the peer group interactions, creating group pressure, and pushing some girls to violent relationships. Alternative ways of interaction are also reported, which allow a socialization leading to more freedom, less coercion, and more healthy relationships. View Full-Text
Keywords: adolescence; gender violence; coercive dominant discourse; socialization; peer group; healthy relationships adolescence; gender violence; coercive dominant discourse; socialization; peer group; healthy relationships
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Racionero-Plaza, S.; Duque, E.; Padrós, M.; Molina Roldán, S. “Your Friends Do Matter”: Peer Group Talk in Adolescence and Gender Violence Victimization. Children 2021, 8, 65. https://doi.org/10.3390/children8020065

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Racionero-Plaza S, Duque E, Padrós M, Molina Roldán S. “Your Friends Do Matter”: Peer Group Talk in Adolescence and Gender Violence Victimization. Children. 2021; 8(2):65. https://doi.org/10.3390/children8020065

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Racionero-Plaza, Sandra, Elena Duque, Maria Padrós, and Silvia Molina Roldán. 2021. "“Your Friends Do Matter”: Peer Group Talk in Adolescence and Gender Violence Victimization" Children 8, no. 2: 65. https://doi.org/10.3390/children8020065

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