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Heterogeneous friendship affiliation, problem behaviors, and emotional outcomes among high-risk adolescents.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  22207411     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Adolescent friendship groups are often heterogeneous and thus involve exposure to both deviant and nondeviant influences. This longitudinal study examined whether the addition of nondeviant peer influences in early high school protected against the negative socialization effects of deviant affiliation on both concurrent and future smoking, alcohol problems, and depressive symptomatology. Adolescents (9th and 10th grade students, N = 1,128) completed self-report questionnaires at both a baseline and 24-month assessment. Nondeviant affiliation consistently reduced the effects of deviant influences on smoking and alcohol problems but not on depressive symptoms. Findings reinforce the complexity of adolescent friendship influences and the notion that distinct mechanisms may drive the associations between deviant affiliations and behavioral and emotional outcomes throughout adolescence. Implications for prevention are also discussed.
Melanie J Richmond; Robin J Mermelstein; Aaron Metzger
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Prevention science : the official journal of the Society for Prevention Research     Volume:  13     ISSN:  1573-6695     ISO Abbreviation:  Prev Sci     Publication Date:  2012 Jun 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-05-16     Completed Date:  2012-09-12     Revised Date:  2014-09-08    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  100894724     Medline TA:  Prev Sci     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  267-77     Citation Subset:  IM    
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MeSH Terms
Adolescent Behavior*
Alcohol Drinking / epidemiology*,  psychology
Chicago / epidemiology
Confidence Intervals
Depression / epidemiology*,  psychology
Friends / psychology*
Longitudinal Studies
Mental Disorders / psychology*
Odds Ratio
Peer Group*
Risk Factors
Sex Factors
Smoking / epidemiology*,  psychology
Grant Support
P01 CA098262/CA/NCI NIH HHS; P01 CA098262-06A1/CA/NCI NIH HHS; P01CA98262/CA/NCI NIH HHS

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