Dynamics of adolescent friendship networks and smoking behavior: social network analyses in six European countries.

@article{Mercken2009DynamicsOA,
  title={Dynamics of adolescent friendship networks and smoking behavior: social network analyses in six European countries.},
  author={Liesbeth Mercken and Tom A. B. Snijders and Christian Steglich and Hein de Vries},
  journal={Social science & medicine},
  year={2009},
  volume={69 10},
  pages={1506-14}
}
The co-evolution of adolescents' friendship networks and their smoking behavior is examined in a large sample across six European countries. Selection and influence processes are disentangled using new methods of social network analysis that enable alternative selection mechanisms to be controlled for. The sample consisted of 7704 adolescents participating in the control group of the ESFA (European Smoking prevention Framework Approach) study. The design was longitudinal with four observations… CONTINUE READING

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