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Author McVicar, Duncan.

Title Peer effects in UK adolescent substance use : never mind the classmates? / Duncan McVicar and Arnold Polanski.

Published [Parkville, Vic.] : Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research, University of Melbourne, 2012.


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Bail SpC/UM  300.5 MELB  no.8/12    NOT FOR LOAN
 UniM Bail  362.2908350941 MCVI    AVAILABLE
Physical description 24 p. ; 21 cm.
Series Melbourne Institute working paper, 1328-4991 ; no. 8/12
Melbourne Institute working paper ; no. 2012/8.
Notes "March 2012".
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (p. 18-20)
Summary This paper estimates peer influences on the alcohol, tobacco and cannabis use of a school based sample of UK 15 year olds. We present evidence of large, positive and statistically significant peer effects in all three behaviours when classmates are taken as the reference group. When friends are taken as the reference group, using self-reports of perceived friends' substance use, we also find large, positive and statistically significant associations with own substance use. When both reference groups are considered simultaneously, the influence of classmates on own behaviour either disappears or is much reduced in magnitude, whereas the association between own and friends' behaviours doesn't change. The suggestion is that classmate behaviour is primarily relevant only inasmuch as it proxies for friends' behaviour, with classmates that are not also friends having relatively little influence on adolescent substance use.
Other formats Also available online. Address as at 29/05/2012 :
Other author Polanski, Arnold.
Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research.
Subject Teenagers -- Substance use -- Great Britain.
Peer pressure in adolescence -- Great Britain.
Variant Title Peer effects in United Kingdom adolescent substance use
ISBN 9780734042682