The changing influences of self-worth and peer deviance on drinking problems in urban American Indian adolescents

Sandra M. Radin, Clayton Neighbors, Patricia Silk Walker, R. Dale Walker, G. Alan Marlatt, Mary Larimer

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This study explored the changing relations among self-worth, peer deviance, and alcohol-related problems in a sample of 224 urban-dwelling, American Indian adolescents. Data were collected annually at 7 time points to test a proposed mediational model. As expected, peer deviance mediated the relation between low self-worth and alcohol-related problems in younger adolescents; however, this relation did not hold as participants became older. In older adolescents, low self-worth and peer deviance directly and independently contributed to alcohol problems. Possible explanations for and implications of these findings are discussed in terms of developmental changes during adolescence.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)161-170
Number of pages10
JournalPsychology of Addictive Behaviors
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 1 2006



  • Adolescent
  • Alcohol
  • Peer
  • Self-esteem
  • Substance

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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