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Nikola Zaharakis
Arizona State University
32Publications
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288Citations
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#1Julie C. Rusby (Oregon Research Institute)H-Index: 13
#2Michael J. Mason (UT: University of Tennessee)H-Index: 20
Last.Brian R. Flay (OSU: Oregon State University)H-Index: 78
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Abstract Introduction Experiencing relational victimization (e.g., peer exclusion, untrue rumors) during adolescence can have negative social–emotional consequences, including increased antisocial behavior and substance use. The negative impact of relational victimization may be lessened by spending time with supportive, prosocial peers. Methods This study examined the concurrent and predictive associations between relational victimization and peer affiliates' prosocial behaviors in 244 predomin...
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#1Nikola Zaharakis (ASU: Arizona State University)H-Index: 10
#2Michael J. Mason (UT: University of Tennessee)H-Index: 20
Last.Susan Richards (VCU: Virginia Commonwealth University)H-Index: 1
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Adolescents who engage in aggression, hyperactivity, and delinquency experience a host of negative outcomes, including poor academic performance, peer rejection, and substance use. Previous researchers have linked somatization, such as pain, to behavioral problems. The purpose of this study was to examine whether resilience moderates the influence of somatization on externalizing problems by gender. We surveyed the parents of 195 adolescents, ages 14 to 17, while the adolescents were being treat...
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#1Michael J. Mason (UT: University of Tennessee)H-Index: 20
#2Nikola Zaharakis (ASU: Arizona State University)H-Index: 10
Last.Victoria Childress (VCU: Virginia Commonwealth University)H-Index: 1
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Abstract Approximately 1.8 million young adults aged 18 to 25 had a Cannabis Use Disorder (CUD) in the past year. Unfortunately, engaging young adults in treatment is very challenging. Creative approaches to treat cannabis disorders such as integrating mobile technology with evidence-based treatments are warranted. In light of these challenges, we developed a text message-delivered version of Peer Network Counseling (PNC-txt), which is a substance use intervention that focuses on peer relations....
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#1Nikola Zaharakis (UT: University of Tennessee)H-Index: 10
#2Michael J. Mason (UT: University of Tennessee)H-Index: 20
Last.Thomas Way (Villanova University)H-Index: 13
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The school environment is extremely salient in young adolescents’ lives. Adolescents who have unfavorable attitudes toward school and teachers are at elevated risk for dropping out of school and engaging in behavioral health risks. Peer network health—a summation of the positive and negative behaviors in which one’s close friend group engages—may be one way by which attitudes toward school exert influence on youth substance use. Utilizing a sample of 248 primarily African-American young urban ad...
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#1Michael J. Mason (UT: University of Tennessee)H-Index: 20
#2Nikola Zaharakis (UT: University of Tennessee)H-Index: 10
Last.Brian R. Flay (OSU: Oregon State University)H-Index: 78
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#1Michael J. Mason (UT: University of Tennessee)H-Index: 20
#2John M. Light (Oregon Research Institute)H-Index: 14
Last.Brian R. Flay (OSU: Oregon State University)H-Index: 78
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Abstract Background The current study investigated the moderating effect of peer networks on neighborhood disorder’s association with substance use in a sample of primarily African American urban adolescents. Methods A convenience sample of 248 adolescents was recruited from urban health care settings and followed for two years, assessing psychological, social, and geographic risk and protective characteristics. A subset of 106 substance using participants were used for the analyses. A moderatio...
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#1Wendy Kliewer (UKZN: University of KwaZulu-Natal)H-Index: 39
#2Basil J. Pillay (UKZN: University of KwaZulu-Natal)H-Index: 6
Last.Lena Jäggi (VCU: Virginia Commonwealth University)H-Index: 5
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Associations between community violence exposure, family management practices, and substance use were compared in a sample of early adolescents in low-income communities from the United States (N = 151; M age = 12.71 years, standard deviation = 0.65; 50.3% female) and South Africa (N = 175; M age = 12.55 years, standard deviation = 0.85; 64.6% female) using home interviews with youth and their maternal caregivers. Past year victimization was associated with recent youth substance use. The modera...
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Objective:A small body of evidence supports targeting adolescents who are heavy users of cannabis with brief interventions, yet more research is needed to confirm the effectiveness of these studies. We conducted a secondary analysis of our Peer Network Counseling (PNC) study (Mason et al., 2015), focusing on 46 adolescents of the sample of 119 who reported heavy cannabis use at baseline.Method:Urban adolescents (91% African American) presenting for primary health care were randomized to interven...
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#1Michael J. Mason (VCU: Virginia Commonwealth University)H-Index: 20
#2Nikola Zaharakis (VCU: Virginia Commonwealth University)H-Index: 10
Last.Roy T. Sabo (VCU: Virginia Commonwealth University)H-Index: 13
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Increased social stress in the context of peer interactions is associated with multiple negative health outcomes, including substance use. Addressing social stress could provide protective effects for adolescents who are particularly vulnerable to peer-based issues such as loneliness and perceived isolation. Toward this end, we examined the efficacy of a 20-min substance use intervention named peer network counseling to reduce social stress with 119 urban adolescents. Adolescents presenting at p...
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