Child and Adolescent Social Work Journal

, Volume 30, Issue 1, pp 49–60 | Cite as

Peer Behaviors and Co-occurring Disorders Among Adolescents

  • Amanda R. Reedy
  • Jeanne A. Saunders


The complexity of co-occurring substance use disorders and mental health problems among adolescents challenges both researchers and practitioners. The purpose of this study was to further disentangle those relationships and examine the role that peers who engage in deviant activities plays in that relationship. A subset of variables from a larger study of adolescents referred for substance use assessment was analyzed in this study. The results suggest that as the severity of substance use and mental health problems increases so does the number of peers who engage in deviant activities; peers partially mediates the relationship between those two variables. Implications for social work practice and other professionals are discussed.


Co-occurring Mental health Substance use Peer behaviors Adolescents 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Social WorkEastern Washington UniversityCheneyUSA
  2. 2.School of Social WorkThe University of IowaIowa CityUSA

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