Department of Sociology
Peggy C. Giordano
Ph.D., University of Minnesota, 1974
Peggy C. Giordano (Professor) received her Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Minnesota in 1974, and joined the faculty of Bowling Green State University the same year. She is interested in adolescent problem behaviors, particularly juvenile delinquency. She teaches courses in adolescence, juvenile delinquency, and criminology. Her recent research has been funded by the National Institute of Mental Health. She is interested in the nature of peer influence in adolescence, and its specific role in the etiology of problem outcomes. Dr. Giordano also has a long term interest in the ways in which gender and ethnicity affect adolescent social processes and emotional and behavioral health. She is currently completing two long-term follow-ups of (1) a neighborhood sample of 942 adolescents originally interviewed in 1982; and (2) a sample of incarcerated male and female delinquents also interviewed in 1982. Follow-up interviews with these respondents are directed toward a better understanding of the factors associated with the success of their adult transitions.