A longitudinal social network analysis of peer influence, peer selection, and smoking behavior among adolescents in British schools.

@article{Mercken2012ALS,
  title={A longitudinal social network analysis of peer influence, peer selection, and smoking behavior among adolescents in British schools.},
  author={Liesbeth Mercken and Christian Steglich and Philip A. Sinclair and Jo Holliday and Laurence Moore},
  journal={Health psychology : official journal of the Division of Health Psychology, American Psychological Association},
  year={2012},
  volume={31 4},
  pages={450-9}
}
OBJECTIVE Similarity in smoking behavior among adolescent friends could be caused by selection of friends on the basis of behavioral similarity, or by influence processes, where behavior is changed to be similar to that of friends. The main aim of the present study is to disentangle selection and influence processes and study changes over time in these processes using new methods of longitudinal social network analysis. METHODS The sample consists of 1716 adolescents (mean age at baseline… CONTINUE READING

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