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Social Influences on Adolescent Substance Use

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Abstract:

Objectives : To assess the overtime relationships between adolescent and peer substance use and parenting practices.

Methods : Five times from sixth to ninth grade, students (n=2453) in 7 middle schools reported smoking, drinking, and marijuana use; the number of substance-using friends; and parent practices. Relationships were assessed using latent growth curve modeling.

Results : Adolescent substance use predicted the growth in substance-using friends, and substance-using friends predicted adolescent use, except for smoking. The negative over-time relationship between parenting practices and adolescent substance use was mediated by the growth in the number of substance-using friends.

Conclusions : The results are consistent with both selection and socialization effects and provide evidence of the protective effects of positive parenting practices.

Keywords: latent growth curve modeling; mediation; parenting; peer influence; selection; socialization

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5993/AJHB.31.6.13

Publication date: November 1, 2007

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  • The American Journal of Health Behavior seeks to improve the quality of life through multidisciplinary health efforts in fostering a better understanding of the multidimensional nature of both individuals and social systems as they relate to health behaviors.

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