Norms governing urban African American adolescents' sexual and substance-using behavior.

  title={Norms governing urban African American adolescents' sexual and substance-using behavior.},
  author={Margaret M. Dolcini and Joseph A. Catania and Gary W Harper and Susan Watson and Jonathan Mark Ellen and Senna L Towner},
  journal={Journal of adolescence},
  volume={36 1},
Using a probability-based neighborhood sample of urban African American youth and a sample of their close friends (N = 202), we conducted a one-year longitudinal study to examine key questions regarding sexual and drug using norms. The results provide validation of social norms governing sexual behavior, condom use, and substance use among friendship groups. These norms had strong to moderate homogeneity; and both normative strength and homogeneity were relatively stable over a one-year period… CONTINUE READING
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