Selecting and retaining friends on the basis of cigarette smoking similarity

Dawn DeLay, Brett Laursen, Noona Kiuru, Katariina Salmela-Aro, Jari Erik Nurmi

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Abstract

This study examines whether friend selection, deselection, and socialization differ as a function of the level of cigarette smoking in the friendship group. A total of 1419 students (median age = 16) from upper secondary and vocational schools in Finland were included as targets in the peer network. Targets in the peer network were asked to nominate friends and describe their own cigarette smoking at two time points one year apart. Network analyses revealed similarity arising from selection and deselection on the basis of smoking. Selection effects (i.e., selecting new friends based on similarity) were stronger for adolescents in low-smoking groups. Deselection effects (i.e., dropping friends based on dissimilarity) were stronger for adolescents in high-smoking groups.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)464-473
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Research on Adolescence
Volume23
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 2013
Externally publishedYes

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Selecting and retaining friends on the basis of cigarette smoking similarity. / DeLay, Dawn; Laursen, Brett; Kiuru, Noona; Salmela-Aro, Katariina; Nurmi, Jari Erik.

In: Journal of Research on Adolescence, Vol. 23, No. 3, 09.2013, p. 464-473.

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DeLay, Dawn ; Laursen, Brett ; Kiuru, Noona ; Salmela-Aro, Katariina ; Nurmi, Jari Erik. / Selecting and retaining friends on the basis of cigarette smoking similarity. In: Journal of Research on Adolescence. 2013 ; Vol. 23, No. 3. pp. 464-473.
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