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Health Place. 2015 Sep;35:28-36. doi: 10.1016/j.healthplace.2015.06.004. Epub 2015 Jul 10.

Social network and census tract-level influences on substance use among emerging adult males: An activity spaces approach.

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Yale School of Public Health, 135 College St., New Haven, CT 06510, USA.

Abstract

Social network and area level characteristics have been linked to substance use. We used snowball sampling to recruit 90 predominantly African American emerging adult men who provided typical locations visited (n=510). We used generalized estimating equations to examine social network and area level predictors of substance use. Lower social network quality was associated with days of marijuana use (B=-0.0037, p<0.0001) and problem alcohol use (B=-0.0050, p=0.0181). The influence of area characteristics on substance use differed between risky and non-risky spaces. Peer and area influences are important for substance use among men, and may differ for high and low risk places.

KEYWORDS:

Activity spaces; Alcohol; Emerging adults; Marijuana; Social networks

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26176810
PMCID:
PMC4637231
DOI:
10.1016/j.healthplace.2015.06.004
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