The Context Study

The Context-Linkages study was executed with NIDA and CDC funding awarded to Dr. Susan Ennett and Dr. Vangie Foshee, formerly at the UNC-CH Gillings SPH. This study follows a sample of 6,000 youth from three North Carolina counties over grades 6-12. Hallmarks of the study include peer nomination data permitting social network analysis, assessments of individuals, families, peers, schools, and neighborhoods, and genetic analysis on a subset of youth. Potential for collaboration continue with this dataset (contact us). Recent publications from this work include the following.

  • Cox*, M.J., Ennett, S.T., Foshee, V.A., Hussong, A.M., Lippold, M.A., McNaughton-Reyes, H.L. (2018). Bidirectional relationships between alcohol-specific parental socialization behaviors and adolescent alcohol misuse. Substance Use and Misuse, 53(10), 1645-1656. doi: 10.1080/10826084.2017.1421663
  • Curran, P.J., Cole*, V.T., Bauer, D.J., Rothenberg*, W.A., and Hussong, A.M. (2018). Recovering Predictor-Criterion Relations Using Covariate-Informed Factor Score Estimates. Structural Equation Modeling: A Multidisciplinary Journal, 25, 860-875. 
  • Ennett, S.T., Faris, R.W., Hussong, A.M., Gottfredson, N.C., & Cole, V.T. (2018). Depressive symptoms as a moderator of friend selection and influence on substance use: Estimates from grades 6 to 12 in six longitudinal school-based social networks. Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 47, 2337-2352. 
  • Gottfredson, N.C., Cole, V.T., Giordano*, M.L., Bauer, D.J., Hussong, A.M., Ennett, S.T. (2019). Simplifying the implementation of modern scale scoring methods with an automated R package: Automated Moderated Nonlinear Factor Analysis (aMNLFA). Addictive Behaviors, 94, 65-73. 
  • Hussong, A.M., Ennett, S.T., McNeish, D., Cole, V., Gottfredson, N., Rothenberg, W.A., Faris, & R.J. (in press). Social network standing mediates associations between risky symptoms and substance use in the high school transition. Development and Psychopathology.
  • Hussong, A.M., Ennett, S.T., McNeish, D., Rothenberg*, W.A., Cole, V., Gottfredson, N.C., & Faris, R.W. (2018). Teen social networks and depressive symptoms-substance use associations: Developmental and demographic variation. Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drug Use, 79(5): 770-780.