Journal of Youth and Adolescence

, Volume 20, Issue 1, pp 73–88 | Cite as

Peer vs. parental influence in substance use among hispanic and Anglo children and adolescents

  • Robert H. Coombs
  • Morris J. Paulson
  • Mark A. Richardson


The relative influence of peer and parental influence on youths' use of alcohol and other drugs is explored among 446 Anglo and Hispanic youths, ages 9–17. Current users and abstainers are similar in age and gender. Among both groups, parental influence is more profound than that of peers. However, substance users, compared to abstainers, are more influenced by peers. Level of marijuana use by youths' friends is the most reliable predictor of drug use. Youths having viable relationships with parents are less involved with drugs and less influenced by drug-oriented peers.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Robert H. Coombs
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
  • Morris J. Paulson
    • 1
    • 4
  • Mark A. Richardson
    • 5
    • 6
  1. 1.UCLA School of MedicineUSA
  2. 2.Office of EducationUCLA Neuropsychiatric Institute and HospitalUSA
  3. 3.Washington State UniversityUSA
  4. 4.University of KansasUSA
  5. 5.University of CaliforniaLos Angeles
  6. 6.UCLAUSA

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