Family and friends as social environments and their relationship to young adolescents' use of alcohol, tobacco, and marijuana

  • Hundleby J
  • Mercer G
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Abstract

Studied the role of family and friends in the adolescent use of alcohol, tobacco, and marihuana. Ss were 1,008 male and 1,040 female 9th-grade students from Ontario, Canada, schools. Ss were tested regarding drug use and the characteristics of family and friends. Results suggest that characteristics of parents or family account for less variance in adolescent drug use than do characteristics of friends. Notable correlates based on the family include a syndrome of parental affection, support, and trust, and parental smoking of tobacco and drinking of alcohol. Notable correlates based on friends are drug use by friends, delinquency by friends, and the lack of achievement orientation and religiosity among friends. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2012 APA, all rights reserved)

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  • John D Hundleby

  • G William Mercer

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