Abstract

Abstract:

Peers are an important influence on college students’ substance use and other risky behaviors. Students at a midsize state university in the Midwest (N = 489) completed an online survey assessing their alcohol risk, marijuana risk, engagement in antisocial behaviors, and social network characteristics. Respondent problem behaviors were associated with friend substance use and friend antisocial behavior. Friends that were seen as more emotionally supportive and friends made during college shared more similar risks. Year in college and gender of participant demonstrated mixed effects. Implications for peer-focused alcohol and other risk behavior interventions are discussed.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1543-3382
Print ISSN
0897-5264
Pages
pp. 203-218
Launched on MUSE
2019-03-16
Open Access
No
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