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Peer Socialization

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Group socialization theory; Homophily; Peer groups; Peers; Social networks

Introduction to Peer Socialization

The presence of peers is essential to human life as socializing is inherent to human nature (Hogan and Roberts 2004). Peers can be classified as individuals who surround us in our daily lives such as classmates, colleagues, friends, etc. Due to the fact that humans are constantly surrounded by peers during their lifetime, it is likely that peer interactions influence personality psychology. The core elements of personality are such: how we see ourselves (identity), how others see us (reputation), how we interact in social roles, and how identity, reputation, and interaction influence how we get along with others and achieve goals (Hogan and Roberts 2004). The latter two consider the impact of socializing on oneself.

Defining Peer Socialization

Peer socialization is the process in which peers can help one another develop skills that allow him or her to cooperate and act...

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Idnani, S., Lillis, T., Gerhart, J. (2018). Peer Socialization. In: Shackelford, T., Weekes-Shackelford, V. (eds) Encyclopedia of Evolutionary Psychological Science. Springer, Cham.

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