Adolescent friend similarity on alcohol abuse as a function of participation in romantic relationships: Sometimes a new love comes between old friends

Dawn DeLay, Brett Laursen, William M. Bukowski, Margaret Kerr, Håkan Stattin

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Abstract

This study tests the hypothesis that adolescents with romantic partners are less similar to their friends on rates of alcohol abuse than adolescents without romantic partners. Participants (662 girls, 574 boys) ranging in age from 12 to 19 years nominated friends and romantic partners, and completed a measure of alcohol abuse. In hierarchical linear models, friends with romantic partners were less similar on rates of alcohol abuse than friends without romantic partners, especially if they were older and less accepted. Follow-up longitudinal analyses were conducted on a subsample (266 boys, 374 girls) of adolescents who reported friendships that were stable across 2 consecutive years. Associations between friend reports of alcohol abuse declined after adolescents became involved in a romantic relationship, to the point at which they became more similar to their romantic partners than to their friends.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)117-129
Number of pages13
JournalDevelopmental psychology
Volume52
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2016

Keywords

  • Adolescence
  • Alcohol abuse
  • Friendship
  • Homophily
  • Romantic relationships

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Demography
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Life-span and Life-course Studies

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