Peers and Peeps

  • Faye Z. Belgrave
  • Joshua K. Brevard
Part of the Advancing Responsible Adolescent Development book series (ARAD)


This chapter explores the influence of peers on the well-being and life outcomes of African American boys and adolescents. This chapter discusses the importance of and the development of peer relationships among African American boys. Particular attention is paid to the “streets,” which often serve as the primary institution of socialization for African American males living in disorganized urban settings. The connection between street socialization and hypermasculinity is examined, along with peer interactions such as gang membership and romantic relationships.


Romantic Relationship Risky Sexual Behavior Romantic Partner African American Male Sexually Transmitted Disease 
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  • Faye Z. Belgrave
    • 1
  • Joshua K. Brevard
    • 1
  1. 1.Virginia Commonwealth UniversityRichmondUSA

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