Title

Using Sociometric Measures to Predict Help Seeking Behaviors of Youth in a Positive Peer Culture Program

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

4-1994

Department

Psychology

Abstract

Sociometric measures were used to predict help seeking behaviors of youth in a residential treatment center. Seventeen female adolescents with conduct disorders were asked to choose three peers in their group who were most popular, similar, and competent. These sociometric measures were correlated with the degree to which the participants would seek help from their peers across four problem scenarios representing actual situations encountered in residential settings. A multiple linear regression analysis suggested that sociometric measures of “competence” was the best predictor of intentions to seek help across the problem scenarios. Discussion focused on the implications of using sociometric measures within a residential treatment setting.

Publication Title

Behavioral Interventions

DOI

10.1002/bin.2360090203