The relation between adolescent alcohol use and peer alcohol use: A longitudinal random coefficients model

Patrick J. Curran, Eric Stice, Laurie Chassin

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Abstract

Longitudinal latent growth models were used to examine the relation between changes in adolescent alcohol use and changes in peer alcohol use over a 3-year period in a community-based sample of 363 Hispanic and Caucasian adolescents. Both adolescent alcohol use and peer alcohol use were characterized by positive linear growth over time. Not only were changes in adolescent alcohol use closely related to changes in peer alcohol use, but the initial status on peer alcohol use was predictive of later increases in adolescent alcohol use and the initial status on adolescent alcohol use was predictive of later increases in peer alcohol use. These results are inconsistent with models positing solely unidirectional effects between adolescent alcohol use and peer alcohol use.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)130-140
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of consulting and clinical psychology
Volume65
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 1 1997

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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