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Chain Reactions in Teenagers’ Substance Use

  • Deirdre M. Kirke
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Abstract

Previous research has attributed the increasing similarity in substance use among teenagers in dyads or in cliques to either peer influence or selection (Cohen, 1977: 239; Kandel, 1978b: 436; Hunter, Vizelberg and Berenson, 1991: 101; Ennett and Bauman, 1994: 660; Bauman and Ennett, 1996: 187; Pearson and West, 2003: 69). The conclusion by many researchers is that peer influence and selection contribute equally to similarity (Cohen, 1977: 239; Kandel, 1978b: 436; Hunter, Vizelberg and Berenson, 1991: 101; Ennett and Bauman, 1994: 660), while others suggest that selection seems to be more important than influence (Urberg, Degirmencioglu and Toison, 1998: 703).

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© Deirdre M. Kirke 2006

Authors and Affiliations

  • Deirdre M. Kirke
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  1. 1.National University of IrelandMaynoothIreland

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