Prosocial Youth More Likely to Avoid Deviant Peers, Less Likely to Show Problem Behaviors

According to a new study by University of Missouri, prosocial behaviors, or actions intended to help others, may prevent youth from associating with deviant peers, and making the youth less likely to exhibit antisocial behaviors.

The study, "The protective role of prosocial behaviors on antisocial behaviors: the mediating effects of deviant peer affiliation," will be published in the Journal of Adolescence.

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