The Moderating Role of Parental Monitoring on the Influence of Peer Pro-Drug Norms on Alcohol and Cigarette Use Among Adolescents in Mexico

David Becerra, Jason T. Castillo, Cecilia Ayón, Kelly N. Blanchard

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This study utilized data drawn from a study of 980 adolescents living in Tijuana, Mexico, in February 2009 to examine whether parental monitoring had a moderating impact on the influence of peer pro-drug norms on lifetime and past-30-day alcohol and cigarette use among a group of adolescents living along the United States-Mexico border. The results of primary analyses indicated that parental monitoring did moderate the influence of peer pro-drug norms for past-30-day cigarette use for males but not for females. Research and practice implications for U.S. and Mexican culturally grounded prevention programs are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)297-306
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Child and Adolescent Substance Abuse
Issue number5
StatePublished - Sep 2014



  • Latinos
  • adolescents
  • alcohol
  • cigarettes
  • parental monitoring
  • substance use

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Education
  • Psychology(all)
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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