Very young adolescents and alcohol: Evidence of a unique susceptibility to peer alcohol use

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Title Very young adolescents and alcohol: Evidence of a unique susceptibility to peer alcohol use
Author Kelly, Adrian B.; Chan, Gary C.K.; Toumbourou, John W.; O'Flaherty, Martin; Homel, Ross; Patton, George C.; Williams, Joanne
Journal Name Addictive Behaviors
Year Published 2011
Place of publication United Kingdom
Publisher Elsevier
Abstract Aim: The aim of this study is to examine the susceptibility of very young adolescents (10–12 years of age) to 26 peer alcohol-related influences, compared to older adolescents (13–14 years of age). 27 Methods: The analysis sample consisted of 7064 adolescents in grade 6 (modal age 11) or grade 8 (modal 28 age 13) from 231 schools in 30 communities across three Australian States. Key measures were adolescent 29 reports of alcohol use (past 30 days) and the number of peers who consume alcohol without their parent's 30 awareness. Control variables included parent alcohol use, family relationship quality, pubertal advancement, 31 school connectedness, sensation seeking, depression, length of time in high school, as well as age, gender, 32 father/mother education, and language spoken at home. A multi-level model of alcohol use was used to ac- 33 count for school-level clustering on the dependent variable. 34 Results: For both groups, the number of peers who consumed alcohol was associated with alcohol use, but 35 Grade 6 students showed a unique susceptibility to peripheral involvement with peer drinking networks 36 (having one friend who consumed alcohol). 37 Conclusion: The results point to the importance of monitoring and responding to comparatively minor shifts 38 in the proportion of peers who use alcohol, particularly among very young adolescents.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Alternative URI http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.addbeh.2011.11.038
Copyright Statement Copyright 2011 Elsevier. This is the author-manuscript version of this paper. Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher. Please refer to the journal's website for access to the definitive, published version.
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ISSN 0306-4603
Date Accessioned 2012-02-03
Date Available 2012-06-05T22:27:18Z
Language en_US
Research Centre Key Centre for Ethics, Law, Justice and Governance
Faculty Arts, Education and Law
Subject Community Child Health
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/43348
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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