volume 86, issue 3_part_2, P1241-1246 2000
DOI: 10.1177/003329410008600331.2
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Min Qi Wang, James M. Eddy, Eugene C. Fitzhugh

Abstract: The study examined and contrasted the extent that peer influence and self-selection for smoking peers may affect acquisition of smoking by adolescents. Data for a U.S. national cohort sample of adolescents ( N = 4,444) who were nonsmokers in the 1989 Teenage Attitudes and Practices Surveys and were re-interviewed in 1993 were included. The information included measures of smoking behavior and smoking status of both boys’ and girls’ best friends. Analysis demonstrated that, although the effects of both peer in…

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