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Early age alcohol use and later alcohol problems in adolescents: individual and peer mediators in a bi-national study.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  21553944     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
This paper examines whether there is cross-national similarity in the longitudinal relationship between early age alcohol use and adolescent alcohol problems. Potential mechanisms underlying this relationship also are examined, testing adolescent alcohol use, low self-regulation, and peer deviance as possible mediators. Students (N = 1,945) participating in the International Youth Development Study, a longitudinal panel survey study, responded to questions on alcohol use and influencing factors, and were followed annually over a 3-year period from 2002 to 2004 (98% retention rate). State-representative, community student samples were recruited in grade 7 in Washington State, United States (US, n = 961, 78% of those eligible; Mage = 13.09, SD = .44) and Victoria, Australia (n = 984, 76% of those eligible; Mage = 12.93, SD = .41). Analyses were conducted using multiple-group structural equation modeling. In both states, early age alcohol use (age 13) had a small but statistically significant association with subsequent alcohol problems (age 15). Overall, there was little evidence for mediation of early alcohol effects. Low self-regulation prospectively predicted peer deviance, alcohol use, and alcohol problems in both states. Peer deviance was more positively related to alcohol use and low self-regulation among students in Victoria compared to students in Washington State. The small but persistent association of early age alcohol use with alcohol problems across both samples is consistent with efforts to delay alcohol initiation to help prevent problematic alcohol use. Self-regulation was an important influence, supporting the need to further investigate the developmental contribution of neurobehavioral disinhibition.
W Alex Mason; John W Toumbourou; Todd I Herrenkohl; Sheryl A Hemphill; Richard F Catalano; George C Patton
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't     Date:  2011-05-09
Journal Detail:
Title:  Psychology of addictive behaviors : journal of the Society of Psychologists in Addictive Behaviors     Volume:  25     ISSN:  1939-1501     ISO Abbreviation:  Psychol Addict Behav     Publication Date:  2011 Dec 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2011-12-06     Completed Date:  2012-03-28     Revised Date:  2014-09-21    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8802734     Medline TA:  Psychol Addict Behav     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  625-33     Citation Subset:  IM    
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MeSH Terms
Adolescent Behavior / psychology*
Age of Onset
Alcohol Drinking / adverse effects,  epidemiology*,  psychology
Alcohol-Related Disorders / epidemiology*
Cross-Cultural Comparison*
Impulsive Behavior / epidemiology
Longitudinal Studies
Models, Statistical*
Peer Group
Risk Factors
Social Control, Informal
Students / psychology,  statistics & numerical data
Substance-Related Disorders / epidemiology
Victoria / epidemiology
Washington / epidemiology
Young Adult
Grant Support
1R01AA017188-01/AA/NIAAA NIH HHS; R01 AA017188/AA/NIAAA NIH HHS; R01 AA017188-01/AA/NIAAA NIH HHS; R01 DA012140/DA/NIDA NIH HHS; R01 DA012140-01A2/DA/NIDA NIH HHS; R01DA012140-05/DA/NIDA NIH HHS; R24 HD042828/HD/NICHD NIH HHS; R24 HD042828-10/HD/NICHD NIH HHS

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