Do popular students smoke? The association between popularity and smoking among middle school students.

@article{Valente2005DoPS,
  title={Do popular students smoke? The association between popularity and smoking among middle school students.},
  author={Thomas W. Valente and Jennifer B. Unger and C. Anderson Johnson},
  journal={The Journal of adolescent health : official publication of the Society for Adolescent Medicine},
  year={2005},
  volume={37 4},
  pages={323-9}
}
BACKGROUND Several studies have shown an association between popularity and behavior, indicating that popular people tend to reflect the norms of their group. Among adolescents, it has been hypothesized that popular students are more likely to smoke, especially in schools with high smoking prevalence. METHODS Data were collected on friendship patterns and smoking from 1,486 sixth and seventh graders in 16 middle schools in southern California. Susceptibility to smoke was measured as not… CONTINUE READING

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