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Other-sex friendships in late adolescence: risky associations for substance use and sexual debut?
J Youth Adolesc. 2011 Jul; 40(7):875-88.JY

Abstract

Adolescents' friendships with other-sex peers serve important developmental functions, but they may also facilitate engagement in problem behavior. This study examines the unique contributions of other-sex friendships and friends' behavior to alcohol use, smoking, and initiation of sexual intercourse among late adolescent girls and boys. A total of 320 adolescents (53% girls; 33% racial/ethnic minorities) provided sociometric nominations of friendships annually in grades 10-12. Friendship networks were derived using social network analysis in each grade. Adolescents and their friends also reported on their alcohol use, smoking, and sexual debut at each assessment. After controlling for demographics, previous problem behavior, and friends' behavior, other-sex friendships in 10th grade were associated with initiation of smoking among girls over the following year, and other-sex friendships in 11th grade were linked with lower levels of subsequent alcohol use among boys. Additionally, friends' smoking and sexual experience in 10th grade predicted the same behaviors for all adolescents over the following year. Other-sex friendships thus appear to serve as a risk context for adolescent girls' smoking and a protective context for adolescent boys' drinking. Promoting mixed-gender activities and friendships among older high school students may be helpful in reducing males' alcohol use, but may need to incorporate additional components to prevent increases in females' smoking.

Authors+Show Affiliations

University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, AL 35294-1200, USA. smrug@uab.eduNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article
Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural

Language

eng

PubMed ID

21088876

Citation

Mrug, Sylvie, et al. "Other-sex Friendships in Late Adolescence: Risky Associations for Substance Use and Sexual Debut?" Journal of Youth and Adolescence, vol. 40, no. 7, 2011, pp. 875-88.
Mrug S, Borch C, Cillessen AH. Other-sex friendships in late adolescence: risky associations for substance use and sexual debut? J Youth Adolesc. 2011;40(7):875-88.
Mrug, S., Borch, C., & Cillessen, A. H. (2011). Other-sex friendships in late adolescence: risky associations for substance use and sexual debut? Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 40(7), 875-88. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10964-010-9605-7
Mrug S, Borch C, Cillessen AH. Other-sex Friendships in Late Adolescence: Risky Associations for Substance Use and Sexual Debut. J Youth Adolesc. 2011;40(7):875-88. PubMed PMID: 21088876.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Other-sex friendships in late adolescence: risky associations for substance use and sexual debut? AU - Mrug,Sylvie, AU - Borch,Casey, AU - Cillessen,Antonius H N, Y1 - 2010/11/19/ PY - 2010/08/26/received PY - 2010/11/03/accepted PY - 2010/11/20/entrez PY - 2010/11/23/pubmed PY - 2011/12/30/medline SP - 875 EP - 88 JF - Journal of youth and adolescence JO - J Youth Adolesc VL - 40 IS - 7 N2 - Adolescents' friendships with other-sex peers serve important developmental functions, but they may also facilitate engagement in problem behavior. This study examines the unique contributions of other-sex friendships and friends' behavior to alcohol use, smoking, and initiation of sexual intercourse among late adolescent girls and boys. A total of 320 adolescents (53% girls; 33% racial/ethnic minorities) provided sociometric nominations of friendships annually in grades 10-12. Friendship networks were derived using social network analysis in each grade. Adolescents and their friends also reported on their alcohol use, smoking, and sexual debut at each assessment. After controlling for demographics, previous problem behavior, and friends' behavior, other-sex friendships in 10th grade were associated with initiation of smoking among girls over the following year, and other-sex friendships in 11th grade were linked with lower levels of subsequent alcohol use among boys. Additionally, friends' smoking and sexual experience in 10th grade predicted the same behaviors for all adolescents over the following year. Other-sex friendships thus appear to serve as a risk context for adolescent girls' smoking and a protective context for adolescent boys' drinking. Promoting mixed-gender activities and friendships among older high school students may be helpful in reducing males' alcohol use, but may need to incorporate additional components to prevent increases in females' smoking. SN - 1573-6601 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/21088876/Other_sex_friendships_in_late_adolescence:_risky_associations_for_substance_use_and_sexual_debut L2 - https://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10964-010-9605-7 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -