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Title: Developmental Variation in the Context of Marijuana Initiation Among Adolescents
Journal: Journal of Health and Social Behavior  Volume:31  Dated:(March 1990)  Pages:58-70
Author(s): S L Bailey; R L Hubbard
Date Published: 1990
Page Count: 13
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute on Drug Abuse
Bethesda, MD 20892-9561
Grant Number: DA-37971
Type: Research (Applied/Empirical)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: A longitudinal sample of 3,454 secondary school students in Wake County, North Carolina, was used to examine variations in the context of marijuana initiation that could be attributed to developmental changes during adolescence.
Abstract: Concepts representing the context of marijuana initiation included attachment to parents and peers, exposure to drug- related attitudes of parents and peers, peer behavior, and the decisionmaking process involving expected costs and benefits of marijuana use. Measures representing these concepts were included in logistic regression models to predict marijuana initiation. Regression parameters were compared for students in the sixth, seventh, and eighth grades. Findings demonstrated that only parental attachment measures influenced marijuana initiation for the youngest group. A mix of parental and peer attachment and peer exposure measures affected marijuana initiation for the middle group, and only measures of peer attachment and exposure and the relative importance of marijuana use costs predicted initiation for the oldest group. Results suggest that developmental factors influence the context of marijuana initiation. Therefore, it is not appropriate to view adolescents as a single group when attempting to understand their drug use behavior. 42 references, 1 note, and 4 tables
Main Term(s): Juvenile drug use
Index Term(s): High school education; Longitudinal studies; Marijuana; North Carolina; Parental influence; Peer influences on behavior; Public schools; Students; Youth development
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