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Alcohol use in adolescent twins and affiliation with substance using peers.
J Abnorm Child Psychol. 2008 Jan; 36(1):81-94.JA

Abstract

Affiliation with substance using peers is one of the strongest predictors of adolescent alcohol use. This association is typically interpreted causally: peers who drink incite their friends to drink. This association may be complicated by uncontrolled genetic and environmental confounds because teens with familial predispositions for adolescent substance use may be more likely to select into social networks where drinking is common. We test this alternative hypothesis using a sample of 1,820 twin and sibling pairs, and their same-sex best friends, from three waves of the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health. Across all three waves, peer report of substance use did not influence adolescent alcohol use when genetic and shared environmental predispositions for drinking were considered. The association between alcohol use and peer behavior may be a spurious association attributable to a shared genetic liability to drink alcohol and associate with peers who drink alcohol.

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Department of Psychology, University of Virginia, P.O. Box 400400, Charlottesville, VA 22902, USA. jeh8s@virginia.eduNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article
Twin Study

Language

eng

PubMed ID

17665304

Citation

Hill, Jennifer, et al. "Alcohol Use in Adolescent Twins and Affiliation With Substance Using Peers." Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, vol. 36, no. 1, 2008, pp. 81-94.
Hill J, Emery RE, Harden KP, et al. Alcohol use in adolescent twins and affiliation with substance using peers. J Abnorm Child Psychol. 2008;36(1):81-94.
Hill, J., Emery, R. E., Harden, K. P., Mendle, J., & Turkheimer, E. (2008). Alcohol use in adolescent twins and affiliation with substance using peers. Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, 36(1), 81-94.
Hill J, et al. Alcohol Use in Adolescent Twins and Affiliation With Substance Using Peers. J Abnorm Child Psychol. 2008;36(1):81-94. PubMed PMID: 17665304.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Alcohol use in adolescent twins and affiliation with substance using peers. AU - Hill,Jennifer, AU - Emery,Robert E, AU - Harden,K Paige, AU - Mendle,Jane, AU - Turkheimer,Eric, Y1 - 2007/07/31/ PY - 2006/12/04/received PY - 2007/06/28/accepted PY - 2007/8/1/pubmed PY - 2008/5/17/medline PY - 2007/8/1/entrez SP - 81 EP - 94 JF - Journal of abnormal child psychology JO - J Abnorm Child Psychol VL - 36 IS - 1 N2 - Affiliation with substance using peers is one of the strongest predictors of adolescent alcohol use. This association is typically interpreted causally: peers who drink incite their friends to drink. This association may be complicated by uncontrolled genetic and environmental confounds because teens with familial predispositions for adolescent substance use may be more likely to select into social networks where drinking is common. We test this alternative hypothesis using a sample of 1,820 twin and sibling pairs, and their same-sex best friends, from three waves of the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health. Across all three waves, peer report of substance use did not influence adolescent alcohol use when genetic and shared environmental predispositions for drinking were considered. The association between alcohol use and peer behavior may be a spurious association attributable to a shared genetic liability to drink alcohol and associate with peers who drink alcohol. SN - 0091-0627 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/17665304/Alcohol_use_in_adolescent_twins_and_affiliation_with_substance_using_peers_ L2 - https://doi.org/10.1007/s10802-007-9161-0 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -