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Innovative Routes for Enhancing Adolescent Marijuana Treatment: Interplay of Peer Influence Across Social Media and Geolocation

Chung, T and Pelechrinis, K and Faloutsos, M and Hylek, L and Suffoletto, B and Feldstein Ewing, SW (2016) Innovative Routes for Enhancing Adolescent Marijuana Treatment: Interplay of Peer Influence Across Social Media and Geolocation. Current Addiction Reports, 3 (2). 221 - 229.

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Peer behaviors are highly influential in youth decision-making around whether to use marijuana. Social media, as a popular form of peer interaction, has extended peer influence on marijuana use from “in-person” to “on-line” relationships. This is highly concerning, as youth may report their marijuana use on social media as it occurs. The immediacy and possible virality of this type of on-line interaction not only is a source of risk, but also may have utility for monitoring and predicting an episode of marijuana use just before it occurs. This article discusses how in-person and on-line peer interactions contribute to youth marijuana use in order to identify triggering social contexts (e.g., in-person co-location of peers, on-line peer influence) associated with marijuana use. The development of an innovative approach to youth intervention for marijuana use, which combines real-time assessment of social media activity and geographic location of youth and a peer, is described.


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Item Type: Article
Status: Published
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Chung, T
Pelechrinis, Kkpele@pitt.eduKPELE0000-0002-6443-3935
Faloutsos, M
Hylek, L
Suffoletto, B
Feldstein Ewing, SW
Date: 1 June 2016
Date Type: Publication
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Journal or Publication Title: Current Addiction Reports
Volume: 3
Number: 2
Page Range: 221 - 229
DOI or Unique Handle: 10.1007/s40429-016-0095-x
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: School of Information Sciences > Telecommunications
Refereed: Yes
Article Type: Review
Date Deposited: 01 Jul 2016 14:11
Last Modified: 02 Apr 2021 00:55


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