Perceived social support from parents and peers: Which is the stronger predictor of adolescent substance use?

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A number of factors influence adolescent substance use. The main goal of this study has been to investigate how sociodemographics, psychosocial health, and perceived support from parents and friends might predict smoking, drinking, and drug use in adolescence. Data were collected using self- administered questionnaires among secondary school students (n = 1,039) in Szeged, Hungary. Sociodemographics (gender, age, and the type of school) proved to be the key predictors of substance use. While neither friend nor mother support appeared to be strong predictors, a low level of perceived father support increased the chance of all types of substance use.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)617-630
Number of pages14
JournalSubstance Use and Misuse
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2000



  • Adolescent substance use
  • Social support systems

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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