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Journal of Youth and Adolescence

, Volume 9, Issue 1, pp 75–85 | Cite as

Dominance hierarchies in groups of middle to late adolescent males

  • Ritch C. Savin-Williams
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Abstract

Two cabin groups (N=5 and 6) of 14- to 17-year-old males were observed during a five-week camping session. Recorded were all instances of dyadic dominance behaviors occurring between group members in three behavior settings. Various group sociometric exercises and life history data were also available. Similar to previously studied early adolescent groups, the current middle and late adolescents formed a group dominance hierarchy that remained relatively stable during the camp session and in the behavior settings. In marked contrast to early adolescents, however, physical variables such as pubertal maturation, athletic ability, and physical fitness no longer predicted relative ranking among group members. Rather, individual variations in intelligence, creativity, crafts skill, cabin spirit, peer popularity, and camp experience predicted the group structure. Physical means of expressing dominance status were rare among the older adolescents.

Keywords

Physical Fitness Early Adolescent Late Adolescent Adolescent Male Behavior Setting 
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© Plenum Publishing Corporation 1980

Authors and Affiliations

  • Ritch C. Savin-Williams
    • 1
  1. 1.College of Human EcologyCornell UniversityIthaca

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