Peer group self-identification in samples of russian and U.S. adolescents

Steve Sussman, Ping Sun, Melissa Gunning, Meghan Moran, Pallav Pokhrel, Louise Rohrbach, Vadim Kniazev, Radik A. Masagutov

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Most peer group self-identification research has been conducted in the United States. This article examined the generalizability of self-identified group name research among teens in Ufa, a city in the Russian Federation. A cross-sectional, anonymous collection of data on group self-identification, drug use, addiction concern, sensation seeking, and self-rated school performance was collected from 365 10th grade youth in Ufa and 965 10th grade youth in the United States. The results supported the existence of peer group self-identification by youth in both countries and, in general, replicated the findings that youth who self-identify as a High Risk Youth, are relatively likely to use drugs, show greater concern about becoming an addict, report a greater sensation seeking preference, higher levels of depression, and poorer school performance. Implications of these results are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)203-215
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of drug education
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jan 1 2010
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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


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