Risk Factors and Their Relation to Initiation of Alcohol Use among Early Adolescents

JOHN A. WEBB, PAUL E. BAER, ROBERT J. MCLAUGHLIN, ROBERT S. MCKELVEY, CHARLENE D. CAID

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Abstract

This study examined the relationship between risk factors and initiation of alcohol use over a 15-month period among a cohort of 7th graders who were abstainers at the time of initial testing. The relationship between risk factors and alcohol use was examined using a discriminant function analysis. At the univariate level, rejection of parental authority, deviant behavior, and sensation seeking were statistically significant. The discriminant function retained only three of the risk factors: rejection of parental authority, deviant behavior, and religious commitment. Implications for school-based prevention programs are discussed, particularly the need to target primary prevention programs based upon adolescents' risk.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)563-568
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
Volume30
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1991

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Keywords

  • adolescent alcohol use
  • alcohol
  • risk

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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