Narrative Engagement and Interpersonal Communication about Substance Use on Adolescent Substance Use Behaviors: A Case Study of Keepin’ it REAL

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Abstract

The present study examined direct and indirect effects of adolescent narrative engagement on substance use behaviors via refusal self-efficacy. This study also tested moderation effects of communication about substance use with parents, siblings, and friends on substance use behaviors. Students in 8th grade (N = 225) participated in surveys at two different time points. Path analyses revealed a positive association between identification with main characters and refusal self-efficacy as well as negative associations between refusal self-efficacy and the past 30-days substance use. Communication with parents and friends significantly moderated the relationship between refusal self-efficacy and the past 30-days substance use.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)427-450
Number of pages24
JournalWestern Journal of Communication
Volume85
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - 2021

Keywords

  • Adolescent Substance Use
  • Entertainment-Education
  • Interpersonal Communication about Substance Use
  • Narrative Engagement

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Communication
  • Language and Linguistics

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