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Nikola Zaharakis
Virginia Commonwealth University
29Publications
9H-index
261Citations
Publications 29
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Published on Feb 1, 2019in Journal of Adolescence2.35
Julie C. Rusby13
Estimated H-index: 13
(Oregon Research Institute),
Michael J. Mason19
Estimated H-index: 19
(UT: University of Tennessee)
+ 5 AuthorsBrian R. Flay76
Estimated H-index: 76
(OSU: Oregon State University)
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...
Published on Sep 1, 2018in Journal of Child and Family Studies1.56
Nikola Zaharakis9
Estimated H-index: 9
(ASU: Arizona State University),
Nikola M. Zaharakis1
Estimated H-index: 1
(ASU: Arizona State University)
+ 4 AuthorsSusan Richards1
Estimated H-index: 1
(VCU: Virginia Commonwealth University)
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...
Published on Jun 1, 2018in Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment2.54
Michael J. Mason19
Estimated H-index: 19
(UT: University of Tennessee),
Nikola M. Zaharakis1
Estimated H-index: 1
(ASU: Arizona State University)
+ 1 AuthorsVictoria Childress1
Estimated H-index: 1
(VCU: Virginia Commonwealth University)
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....
Published on Feb 1, 2018in Prevention Science2.85
Nikola Zaharakis9
Estimated H-index: 9
(UT: University of Tennessee),
Michael J. Mason19
Estimated H-index: 19
(UT: University of Tennessee)
+ 6 AuthorsThomas Way14
Estimated H-index: 14
(Villanova University)
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...
Published on Sep 1, 2017in Psychology of Addictive Behaviors2.97
Michael J. Mason19
Estimated H-index: 19
(UT: University of Tennessee),
Nikola Zaharakis9
Estimated H-index: 9
(UT: University of Tennessee)
+ 4 AuthorsBrian R. Flay76
Estimated H-index: 76
(OSU: Oregon State University)
Published on Sep 1, 2017in Drug and Alcohol Dependence3.47
Michael J. Mason19
Estimated H-index: 19
(UT: University of Tennessee),
John M. Light12
Estimated H-index: 12
(Oregon Research Institute)
+ 6 AuthorsBrian R. Flay76
Estimated H-index: 76
(OSU: Oregon State University)
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...
Published on Jun 1, 2017in South African Journal of Psychology0.78
Wendy Kliewer39
Estimated H-index: 39
(UKZN: University of KwaZulu-Natal),
Basil J. Pillay7
Estimated H-index: 7
(UKZN: University of KwaZulu-Natal)
+ 3 AuthorsLena Jäggi4
Estimated H-index: 4
(VCU: Virginia Commonwealth University)
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...
Published on Jan 1, 2017in Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs2.58
Michael J. Mason19
Estimated H-index: 19
,
Roy T. Sabo12
Estimated H-index: 12
,
Nikola Zaharakis9
Estimated H-index: 9
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...
Published on Dec 1, 2016in Journal of Child and Family Studies1.56
Michael J. Mason19
Estimated H-index: 19
(VCU: Virginia Commonwealth University),
Nikola Zaharakis9
Estimated H-index: 9
(VCU: Virginia Commonwealth University),
Roy T. Sabo12
Estimated H-index: 12
(VCU: Virginia Commonwealth University)
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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