Academic performance, popularity, and depression predict adolescent substance use

Miguel A Diego, Tiffany M Field, Christopher E. Sanders

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Eighty-nine high school seniors completed a questionnaire on their feelings and activities, including their use of drugs. Adolescents with a low grade point average, high popularity, and high depression were more likely to smoke cigarettes, drink alcohol, and smoke marijuana than were their peers. Cigarette and alcohol use predicted marijuana use, which in turn predicted cocaine use.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)35-42
Number of pages8
Issue number149
StatePublished - Mar 1 2003


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychology(all)
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology

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