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Date:10/8/2007

also found that students with a peer environment that supports substance use did not benefit from the interactive program. Students with substance using friends increase their own use in the peer-led condition.

Peer influence can go both ways, some students benefited because of the positive social influence of their friends while others were harmed by negative influence of their substance using peers, concludes Valente. Programs that incorporate this type of interactive programming can be very effective, but they depend on how peer influence is channeled.

The National Institute on Drug Abuse funded this study.


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