The myth of peer influence in adolescent smoking initiation
The widespread belief that peer influence is the primary cause of adolescent smoking initiation is examined and called into question. Correlational and longitudinal studies purporting to demonstrate peer influence are analyzed, and their limitations described. Qualitative interview studies of adolescent smoking initiation are presented as depicting the more complex role of the peer context. Finally, a new model of the role of peers in smoking initiation is offered, with an emphasis on how adolescents' characteristics lead to the selection of their friends, who then provide a peer context that may or may not support smoking. © 2007 by SOPHE.
Health Education and Behavior
peers, prevention, smoking, youth
Arnett, Jeffrey Jensen, "The myth of peer influence in adolescent smoking initiation" (2007). Psychology. 740.