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WHEN ONSET MEETS DESISTANCE: COGNITIVE TRANSFORMATION AND ADOLESCENT MARIJUANA EXPERIMENTATION.

Authors
  • Kreager, Derek A1
  • Ragan, Daniel T2
  • Nguyen, Holly1
  • Staff, Jeremy1
  • 1 Pennsylvania State University.
  • 2 University of New Mexico. , (Mexico)
Type
Published Article
Journal
Journal of developmental and life-course criminology
Publication Date
Jun 01, 2016
Volume
2
Issue
2
Pages
135–161
Identifiers
PMID: 27478762
Source
Medline
Keywords
License
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Abstract

We find that changes in marijuana's perceived psychic rewards surrounding initiation differentiated experimenters from persisters. Experimenters had significantly lower updated perceptions of marijuana as a fun behavior compared to persisters and these perceptions dropped after the initiation wave. In contrast, persisters updated their perceptions in upward directions and maintained more positive perceptions over time. Inconsistent with social learning expectations, initiators' updated perceptions of marijuana as a fun activity were not explained by peer-reported behaviors or attitudes.

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