Peers influence the tobacco and alcohol use of Chinese adolescents

Dawn DeLay, Mengqian Shen, Rachel E. Cook, Siman Zhao, Handrea Logis, Doran C. French

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This two-wave longitudinal study examined peer selection and influence pertaining to tobacco and alcohol use by adolescents and their friends in a sample of 854 Chinese adolescents (384 girls: mean age = 13.33 years). Participants nominated friends and self-reported their tobacco and alcohol use at seventh and again at eighth grade. Longitudinal social network analyses revealed evidence of friend influence but not selection over smoking and drinking. Boys increased their levels of smoking at rates greater than that of girls, but no sex moderation of either selection or influence was found. In interpreting these results, it is important to understand the gender norms for Chinese boys and girls and the cultural context of tobacco and alcohol use.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)591-602
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Research on Adolescence
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 2023


  • China
  • alcohol
  • peer influence
  • tobacco

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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


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