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Update on How School Environments, Social Networks, and Self-Concept Impact Risky Health Behaviors

  • Rebecca N. Dudovitz
    Correspondence
    Address correspondence to Rebecca N. Dudovitz, MD, MS, Department of Pediatrics, UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine, 10833 Le Conte Ave, 12-358 CHS, Los Angeles, CA 90095
    Affiliations
    Department of Pediatrics, UCLA Children's Discovery and Innovation Institute (RN Dudovitz and PJ Chung)

    Department of Pediatrics, UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine (RN Dudovitz, MD Wong, G Kim, and PJ Chung)
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  • Mitchell D. Wong
    Affiliations
    Department of Pediatrics, UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine (RN Dudovitz, MD Wong, G Kim, and PJ Chung)

    Department of Internal Medicine, General Internal Medicine and Health Services Research (MD Wong),
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  • Giselle Perez-Aguilar
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    Instituto Familiar de la Raza (G Perez-Aguilar), San Francisco, Calif
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  • Grace Kim
    Affiliations
    Department of Pediatrics, UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine (RN Dudovitz, MD Wong, G Kim, and PJ Chung)
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  • Paul J. Chung
    Affiliations
    Department of Pediatrics, UCLA Children's Discovery and Innovation Institute (RN Dudovitz and PJ Chung)

    Department of Pediatrics, UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine (RN Dudovitz, MD Wong, G Kim, and PJ Chung)

    Department of Health Policy and Management, Fielding School of Public Health (PJ Chung), University of California, Los Angeles

    RAND Corporation (PJ Chung), Santa Monica, Calif
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Published:October 01, 2018DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.acap.2018.09.014
      We wish to update readers on progress in our field since we submitted the findings of our qualitative study, “How Urban Youth Perceive Relationships Among School Environments, Social Networks, Self-Concept, and Substance Use,” in April 2016.
      • Dudovitz RN
      • Perez-Aguilar G
      • Kim G
      • et al.
      How urban youth perceive relationships among school environments, social networks, self-concept, and substance use.
      In that study, we found that structural and cultural aspects of the school environment helped shape students’ social networks and self-concept, which then influenced students’ decisions to engage in or abstain from substance use. Thus, schools not only transmit academic skills but also profoundly shape—often without intent or awareness—social outcomes and health trajectories.
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