Peer influence on smoking initiation during early adolescence: a comparison of group members and group outsiders.

@article{AloiseYoung1994PeerIO,
  title={Peer influence on smoking initiation during early adolescence: a comparison of group members and group outsiders.},
  author={P A Aloise-Young and John W. Graham and William B Hansen},
  journal={The Journal of applied psychology},
  year={1994},
  volume={79 2},
  pages={
          281-7
        }
}
In this study, the authors compared group members' and group outsiders' susceptibility to the influence of their friends' smoking. Ss were nonsmokers in Grade 7 who were observed for 1 year. Consistent with their hypothesis, the authors found that group outsiders (Ss who did not have reciprocal friends) were affected more by the smoking of their best friend and by the overall level of smoking among their friends than group members were. Furthermore, this peer influence was strongest for teens… CONTINUE READING

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