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Adolescents in Public HousingAddressing Psychological and Behavioral Health$
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Von Nebbitt

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780231148580

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231148580.001.0001

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The Social Ecology of Adolescent Alcohol and Drug Use

The Social Ecology of Adolescent Alcohol and Drug Use

(p.95) 6 The Social Ecology of Adolescent Alcohol and Drug Use
Adolescents in Public Housing

Michael G. Vaughn

Margaret Lombe

Stephen Tripodi

Von E. Nebbitt

Columbia University Press

This chapter examines how community cohesion buffers the relationship between multiple risk factors and alcohol, tobacco, and marijuana use by African American adolescents in urban public housing. It shows that increased community cohesion moderates the relationship between exposure to delinquent peers and substance abuse; this is consistent with previous research suggesting that community cohesion has the potential to cushion negative behavioral effects. Increased community cohesion also moderates a positive relationship between witnessing community violence and substance use. This observation may have important implications for youth in urban public housing, and it points to the role that community cohesion plays in facilitating a youth's positive adaptation.

Keywords:   African American adolescents, drug use, alcohol use, tobacco use, marijuana, substance abuse, urban public housing, community cohesion, risk factors

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