Ethics During Adolescence: A Social Networks Perspective

Journal of Business Ethics 138 (1):185-197 (2016)

Marketing research on adolescents’ ethical predispositions and risky behaviors has focused primarily on individual difference variables. The present study, in contrast, examines the social network positions that an adolescent occupies within a group. A survey of 984 adolescents demonstrates that EP and RB stem from a balance between assimilation and individuation. In particular, we show that adolescents with close first-degree relationships within a specific peer group and/or high need for uniqueness have lower EP and engage in more RB, while adolescents that are more central to the entire network have higher EP. The theoretic and practical implications of these findings are discussed.
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