Adolescent Friendships, BMI, and Physical Activity: Untangling Selection and Influence Through Longitudinal Social Network Analysis.

@article{Simpkins2013AdolescentFB,
  title={Adolescent Friendships, BMI, and Physical Activity: Untangling Selection and Influence Through Longitudinal Social Network Analysis.},
  author={Sandra D. Simpkins and David Richard Sch{\"a}fer and Chara D Price and Andrea E Vest},
  journal={Journal of research on adolescence : the official journal of the Society for Research on Adolescence},
  year={2013},
  volume={23 3}
}
Bioecological theory suggests that adolescents' health is a result of selection and socialization processes occurring between adolescents and their microsettings. This study examines the association between adolescents' friends and health using a social network model and data from the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health (N = 1,896, mean age = 15.97 years). Results indicated evidence of friend influence on BMI and physical activity. Friendships were more likely among adolescents who… CONTINUE READING