The relationship of early adolescent substance use to extracurricular activities, peer influence, and personal attitudes

Adolescence. Fall 1991;26(103):613-7.


Two hundred and thirty-seven seventh- and eighth-grade students were assessed for levels of drug/alcohol use, involvement in extracurricular activities, peer influence, and personal attitudes. Cross-tabulations and the chi-square test of independence were used to statistically compare the three groups (non-users, users, and abusers). Several trends emerged from the data.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Alcohol Drinking / prevention & control
  • Alcohol Drinking / psychology
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Leisure Activities*
  • Male
  • Marijuana Smoking / prevention & control
  • Marijuana Smoking / psychology
  • Peer Group*
  • Personality Development*
  • Social Environment*
  • Social Identification
  • Substance-Related Disorders / prevention & control
  • Substance-Related Disorders / psychology*