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Friendship choices and BMI were measured for 617 adolescents 11–15 years of age. Overweight youth were twice as likely to have overweight friends. There was a weak association between social position and weight status. Overweight youth nominated more friends but were nominated as friends less...
Purpose Mass media play an important role in the socialization of youth. Given its expanding nature and accessibility, the Internet may be at the forefront of this education. However, the extent of the Internet's impact on adolescent sexual attitudes and behaviors is not yet known.
Purpose The current study was conducted to ascertain whether the effects of nativity (i.e., U.S. born vs. immigrant) on Hispanic adolescent substance use is mediated by ecological processes such as family functioning, school connectedness, and perceived peer substance use.
This study of current tobacco users from the 2005 Virginia Youth Tobacco Survey (N = 426) finds that girls were significantly more likely to receive cigarettes for free, particularly from adults, and were also more likely to receive cigars or cigarillos for free, but were more likely to buy...
Purpose Self-reports are the standard measure of STD history used in survey research. We explored to what extent self-reports of ever having an STD are recanted in a follow-up data collection.
Purpose To explore young people's experiences of school and drug use, generate hypotheses regarding the pathways through which schools may influence students’ drug use, and examine how these may vary according to students’ sociodemographic characteristics.
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