The Context/Linkage Study was spearheaded by Susan Ennett  and Vangie Foshee (UNC-CH School of Public Health) with an original focus on understanding the way that individual, peer, school, and family influences interset to create risk for substance use across adolescence.  Using cutting-edge peer network analysis, these researchers followed over 6,000 North Carolina youth from grades 6 to 12.  Current NIDA funding has permitted a new team of researchers to join Andrea Hussong and Susan Ennett using this study to examine the role of peer context in an internalizing pathway to substance use and disorder in youth.  This secondary analysis crosses SIENA analyses with more traditional multi-level analyses and novel psychometric techniques to address questions about how social status and integration may impact risk for substance use associated with depressive symptoms in youth.

Collaborative Team:  Andrea Hussong, Susan Ennett, Bob Faris, Nisha Gottfredson, Dan McNeish, Veronica Cole, and Drew Rothenberg


Hussong, A.M., Ennett, W., Cox, M., & Haroon, M. (2017, online). A systematic review of the unique prospective association of negative affect symptoms and substance use controlling for externalizing symptoms. Psychology of Addictive Behavior.

Gottfredson, N.., Hussong, A.M., Ennett, S.T., & Rothenberg, W.A. (2017, online). The role of parental engagement in the inter-generational transmission of smoking identity. Journal of Adolescent Health.