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I am pleased to let you know that my book ‘Teenagers and
substance use: social networks and peer influence’ is now
published by Palgrave Macmillan. It will be of particular
interest to those of you who are using a social network
approach in your research to examine the question of the
relative impact of peer influence and peer selection on the
substance use of teenagers. I hope that it will also be of
interest to those of you who are teaching courses on these
or related topics.
My brief description of the contents states:
“Over the past decade there has been renewed research
interest in the relative impact of peer selection and peer
influence on similarity in the substance use of teenagers.
Researchers have concluded that either peer selection or
peer influence explain similarity. ‘Teenagers and
Substance Use’ examines this research question
differently, using complete network data, and arrives at
different conclusions. Similarity in the substance use of
teenagers and their peers is explained by either peer
selection or peer influence for some, by both for others,
and by neither for others. Using a sociological approach
and a social network perspective this book demonstrates how
chain reactions result in similarity in the substance use of
teenagers, by drawing together those who are similar with
those who are not. Chain reactions involve peer selection,
the patterning of peer ties and peer influence, and gender
affects all aspects of the chain reaction process. Although
their peers are the main influencers, family, relatives and
other people also affect the substance use of teenagers.”
The book is available from Palgrave Macmillan at
www.palgrave.com . You should search under Kirke to find it
and check it out. The Palgrave site gives Contents,
Chapter 1 and the Index. Orders can be placed with
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The book is also available from Amazon at www.amazon.com .
Here it is best to search under Deirdre M Kirke to find
description to check it out and to order if you wish.
Do contact me if you would like any other information about
the book and I would be very pleased to have your comments
after you have read it!
With my best wishes,
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