Popularity trajectories and substance use in early adolescence

James Moody, Wendy D. Brynildsen, D. Wayne Osgood, Mark E. Feinberg, Scott Gest

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This paper introduces new longitudinal network data from the " Promoting School-Community-University Partnerships to Enhance Resilience" or " PROSPER" peers project. In 28 communities, grade-level sociometric friendship nominations were collected from two cohorts of middle school students as they moved from 6th, to 9th grade. As an illustration and description of these longitudinal network data, this paper describes the school popularity structure, changes in popularity position, and suggests linkages between popularity trajectory and substance use. In the cross-section, we find that the network is consistent with a hierarchical social organization, but exhibits considerable relational change in both particular friends and position at the individual level. We find that both the base level of popularity and the variability of popularity trajectories effect substance use.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)101-112
Number of pages12
JournalSocial Networks
Issue number2
StatePublished - May 2011

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Anthropology
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • General Social Sciences
  • General Psychology


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