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

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Abstract

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
JournalAdolescence
Volume34
Issue number136
StatePublished - Dec 1 1999

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ASJC Scopus subject areas

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

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