American adolescents touch each other less and are more aggressive toward their peers as compared with French adolescents

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Forty adolescents were observed at McDonald's restaurants in Paris and Miami to assess the amount of touching and aggression during their peer interactions. The American adolescents spent less time leaning against, stroking, kissing, and hugging their peers than did the French adolescents. Instead, they showed more self-touching and more aggressive verbal and physical behavior.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)752-758
Number of pages7
Issue number136
StatePublished - Dec 1 1999


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)

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