Journal of Youth and Adolescence

, Volume 9, Issue 5, pp 371–381

Age segregation of adolescents in and out of school

  • Raymond Montemayor
  • Roger Van Komen

DOI: 10.1007/BF02087675

Cite this article as:
Montemayor, R. & Van Komen, R. J Youth Adolescence (1980) 9: 371. doi:10.1007/BF02087675


In a naturalistic study of age segregation during adolescence, 403 adolescents making up 153 separate groups were observed in three high schools and seven out-of-school settings. Age segregation was extensive, especially in school, among older adolescents in same-sex groups of friends. More mixed-age association was observed out of school among younger adolescents who were in mixed-sex groups containing relatives. Adolescents were most often observed with friends who were other adolescents, next with adults, and least frequently observed with children. Parents, particularly fathers, were rarely present. It was suggested that age segregation during adolescence is the result of a lack of contact with relatives.

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© Plenum Publishing Corporation 1980

Authors and Affiliations

  • Raymond Montemayor
    • 1
  • Roger Van Komen
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Family and Consumer StudiesUniversity of UtahSalt Lake City
  2. 2.Department of PsychologyUniversity of IllinoisUSA