Journal article

The effect of peer influence and selection processes on adolescent alcohol use: a systematic review of longitudinal studies.

Rachel K Leung, John W Toumbourou, Sheryl A Hemphill

Health Psychol Rev | Published : 2014


Adolescent alcohol use remains an important public health concern. One of the most salient and consistent predictors for drinking behaviour among young people is peer influence. A systematic review of longitudinal studies that examined the effect of peer influence on adolescent alcohol use between January 1997 and February 2011 is presented. Twenty-two studies fulfilled inclusion criteria and were reviewed. All but one study confirmed affiliation with alcohol-using or deviant peers as prospective predictors for the development of adolescent alcohol use. Findings revealed that existing longitudinal studies that have used multivariate analytic techniques to segregate peer influence (whereby ad..

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