Re-Imagining Being “Straight” in Straight Edge

  title={Re-Imagining Being “Straight” in Straight Edge},
  author={Jesse J. Helton and William J. Staudenmeier},
  journal={Contemporary Drug Problems},
  pages={445 - 473}
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