The authors are grateful to the adolescents, their parents, teachers, and school administrators who made this study possible. We would like also to thank Christian Steglich for his assistance with the formula used to probe the statistically significant interaction. This project was supported by a grant from the University of Connecticut Research Foundation to the third author.
Popularity as a Moderator of Peer Selection and Socialization of Adolescent Alcohol, Marijuana, and Tobacco Use
Article first published online: 19 AUG 2013
© 2013 The Authors. Journal of Research on Adolescence © 2013 Society for Research on Adolescence
Journal of Research on Adolescence
Special Issue: Network and Behavior Dynamics in Adolescence
Volume 23, Issue 3, pages 513–523, September 2013
How to Cite
Mathys, C., Burk, W. J. and Cillessen, A. H. N. (2013), Popularity as a Moderator of Peer Selection and Socialization of Adolescent Alcohol, Marijuana, and Tobacco Use. Journal of Research on Adolescence, 23: 513–523. doi: 10.1111/jora.12031
- Issue published online: 19 AUG 2013
- Article first published online: 19 AUG 2013
- University of Connecticut Research Foundation
This study examined prospective associations between late adolescents’ friendships and substance use (alcohol, marijuana, tobacco) using a stochastic actor-based modeling approach and the moderating role of popularity. Participants were 450 adolescents (53% female, M age = 15.5 years) who completed surveys in grades 10 and 11. Results of a single multivariate model indicated that peer selection based on similar tobacco use was a more robust predictor of changes in friendship than selection based on similar alcohol and marijuana use; and peer socialization of alcohol use predicted more changes in adolescent-drinking behaviors. Popularity moderated selection based on alcohol use; popular adolescents were more likely to select friends with high levels of drinking behaviors. Popularity did not moderate peer socialization.