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Adolescence. 2003 Spring;38(149):35-42.

Academic performance, popularity, and depression predict adolescent substance use.

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  • 1Touch Research Institutes, University of Miami School of Medicine, Florida 33101, USA.


Eighty-nine high school seniors completed a questionnaire on their feelings and activities, including their use of drugs. Adolescents with a low grade point average, high popularity, and high depression were more likely to smoke cigarettes, drink alcohol, and smoke marijuana than were their peers. Cigarette and alcohol use predicted marijuana use, which in turn predicted cocaine use.

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