Adolescent pathways to co-occurring problem behavior: The effects of peer delinquency and peer substance use

Kathryn C. Monahan, Isaac C. Rhew, J. David Hawkins, Eric C. Brown

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Abstract

Delinquency and substance use are more likely to co-occur in adolescence compared to earlier and later developmental periods. The present study examined developmental pathways to co-occurring problem behavior from 6th to 10th grade (N = 2,002), testing how peer delinquency and substance use were linked to transitioning between abstaining, delinquency, substance use, and co-occurring problem behavior. Developmentally, most youth transition from abstinence to delinquent behavior and then escalate to co-occurring problem behavior. Once co-occurring problem behavior onsets, remitting to single-problem behavior or abstinence is unlikely. The impact of peers on problem behavior is domain-specific when individuals transition from abstaining to a single-problem behavior, but is more general with respect to escalation of and desistance from problem behavior. Journal of Research on Adolescence

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)630-645
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of Research on Adolescence
Volume24
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2014
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cultural Studies
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Behavioral Neuroscience

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