Peer Deviancy

How many of your closest friends have: (How many of your son’s/daughter’s best friends have):
1. Taken something of value from someone else’s locker‚ desk‚ purse‚ or home?
2. Taken something from a store without paying for it?
3. Taken a car or other motor vehicle for a ride without the owner’s permission?
4. Broken into a building‚ car‚ house‚ etc. to steal something?
5. Purposely damaged or destroyed things at school‚ store‚ or home?
6. Hit someone really badly?
7. Hit or slapped a boyfriend/girlfriend really badly?
8. Used a weapon or force to hurt another person?
9. Used a weapon or force to get money or things from another person?
10. Carried a weapon‚ like a knife or gun‚ to school?
11. Drank alcohol?
12. Smoked cigarettes?
13. Been in a gang fight?
Academic-related behaviors
14. Skipped school without an excuse?
15. Cheated on tests or homework?
16. Lied to a teacher about something they did?
17. Act up and make trouble in school?
The internal consistency of the scores‚ as measured by Cronbach’s alpha‚ was .85 for a random sample‚ .88 for a high-risk sample‚ and .84 for a parent sample (Miller-Johnson et al.‚ 2004).
This measure was adapted from the “Things That My Friends Have Done” used by the Fast Track project (Conduct Problems Prevention Research Group‚ 1998).
·         School and Academics
  • Close Friends
This instrument can be found on pages 94-96 of Latino Families and Youth: A Compendium of Assessment Tools‚ available online at:
Point values are assigned as follows:
0 = None of them
1 = Very few of them
2 = Some of them
3 = Most of them
4 = All of them
A total score‚ “Peer Deviancy (student rating)” or “Peer Deviancy (parent rating)‚” is calculated based on the mean of the 10 items (items 2-11).

Conduct Problems Prevention Research Group (1998). Technical reports for the Fast Track assessment battery (Rep. No. Unpublished technical report).

Chadwick‚ B. A.‚ Top‚ B. L.‚ & McClendon‚ R. J. (2010). Shield of faith: The power of religion in the lives of LDS youth and young adults. Provo‚ UT: BYU Religious Studies Center.

Miller-Johnson‚ S.‚ Sullivan‚ T. N.‚ & Simon‚ T. R. (2004).Evaluating the impact of interventions in the Multisite Violence Prevention Study: Samples‚ procedures‚ and measures. American Journal of Preventive Medicine‚ 26(1)‚ 48-61.