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

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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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Funded by a grant (A-003-2) from the California Department of Alcohol and Drug Programs, R. H. Coombs, principal investigator.

Research interests include comparative socialization patterns of adolescents and young adults in substance abuse vs. conventional careers.

Research interests include domestic violence, child abuse, and substance abuse.

Research interests include family interaction patterns, cross-cultural differences, and substance abuse prevention and treatment.

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Coombs, R.H., Paulson, M.J. & Richardson, M.A. Peer vs. parental influence in substance use among hispanic and Anglo children and adolescents. J Youth Adolescence 20, 73–88 (1991). https://doi.org/10.1007/BF01537352

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Keywords

  • Alcohol
  • Health Psychology
  • Relative Influence
  • Current User
  • Reliable Predictor