Similarity in drug use patterns between adolescents and their friends.

  title={Similarity in drug use patterns between adolescents and their friends.},
  author={M M Dinges and Eugene R. Oetting},
  volume={28 110},
The literature indicates that peer influence is important in understanding adolescent drug use. The nature of peer interactions predicts a high degree of similarity in drug use among friends. To test that hypothesis, a detailed analysis of this correspondence was conducted on a large sample of junior and senior high school students. Findings indicated that a youth who used specific drugs in the last thirty days almost invariably has friends who also use those same drugs, but is considerably… CONTINUE READING

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