Is Deviant Behavior Contagious?

Wilmington, NC – Kenneth Dodge is Director of the Center for Child and Family Policy at Duke University. He studies things like peer pressure, teen aggression and effective prevention programs for at-risk kids.

He also led a panel made up of juvenile court judges, mental health care workers, lawmakers and scholars from a wide spectrum of disciplines.

For three years they probed into whether deviant behavior in teenagers is contagious. As Dr. Doge explains in this interview, the panel came up with several conclusions.