The purpose of this study was to investigate the buffering effect of perceived social support from parents, teachers, and close friends on the associations among cybervictimization and alcohol use, marijuana use, cigarette smoking, and nonmarijuana illicit drug use over 3 years. Participants were 867 8th graders from the Midwestern United States (13–15 years old; 51% female). The findings revealed positive associations between cybervictimization and alcohol abuse as well as nonmarijuana drug use, with high and low levels of social support moderating these relationships. Implications for social workers and prevention and intervention efforts are also discussed.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Health(social science)