School, family, and peer factors and their association with substance use in hispanic adolescents

Barbara Lopez*, Wei Wang, Seth J. Schwartz, Guillermo Prado, Shi Huang, C. Hendricks Brown, Hilda Pantin, José Szapocznik

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The purpose of the present study was to examine how relationships among family, school, and peer factors relate to likelihood of substance use in Hispanic adolescents. Results indicated that only perceived peer substance use was directly related to adolescents' own substance use. A significant interaction was found between parental monitoring and peer use vis-à-vis substance use, which suggests that the relationship between parental monitoring and the adolescents' own use was significantly stronger among youth who reported that more of their friends used substances. Implications of these results for the design of substance use preventive interventions are discussed. Editors' Strategic Implications: This research is promising both in terms of the implications for targets of prevention programming and for the application of ecodevelopmental theory, which might guide similar efforts with different cultural groups.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)622-641
Number of pages20
JournalJournal of Primary Prevention
Issue number6
StatePublished - Nov 2009


  • Adolescents
  • Hispanic
  • Peer substance use
  • School functioning
  • Substance use

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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