Alcohol Problems among Adolescents: Current Directions in Prevention Research

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Alcohol misuse presents a major risk for health and well-being throughout the life-span, but youth have a special vulnerability. Alcohol is the most widely used drug by adolescents. For some, this may be one or two isolated occasions of youthful experimentation; for others, the use becomes excessive, placing them in danger of immediate adverse consequences such as accidental injury and alcohol poisoning, or encouraging other high-risk behavior patterns including unprotected sex. Moreover, a pattern of heavy ...

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Overview

Alcohol misuse presents a major risk for health and well-being throughout the life-span, but youth have a special vulnerability. Alcohol is the most widely used drug by adolescents. For some, this may be one or two isolated occasions of youthful experimentation; for others, the use becomes excessive, placing them in danger of immediate adverse consequences such as accidental injury and alcohol poisoning, or encouraging other high-risk behavior patterns including unprotected sex. Moreover, a pattern of heavy drinking established in adolescence and young adulthood may continue into an adult pattern of alcohol abuse.

Concerned communities and institutions across the nation are tackling the problem of alcohol use and abuse by young people. Research-based knowledge is urgently needed to inform these efforts and to ensure that limited prevention resources are used as effectively as possible. The origins of youthful alcohol use and abuse are found within the complex interplay of individual characteristics, family and peer influences, the larger societal context for alcohol use, environmental conditions, and maturational processes that accompany adolescence.

This volume, which began as a special issue of the Journal of Research on Adolescence, contains all of the material from the journal issue plus additional chapters. It helps researchers to meet the tremendous challenge of disentangling the key determinants of risk, and developing effective interventions. Primary sources of influence on youthful alcohol use are described, ranging from individual expectancies about alcohol effects and cognitive decision processes to parenting practices, peer influences, social environments, and economic factors; and a corresponding range of prevention interventions is discussed. This book will serve as a primer to those with an interest in developing and improving effective programs and activities to reduce alcohol-related problems among young people. For those engaged in prevention research, the text will provide useful reviews and current findings that should aid in directing future research activities.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780805819151
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 4/28/1995
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 272
  • Lexile: 1470L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword
Preface
1 An Overview of Issues 1
2 Family Influences on Alcohol Abuse and Other Problem Behaviors Among Black and White Adolescents in a General Population Sample 13
3 Disentangling the Effects of Parental Drinking, Family Management, and Parental Alcohol Norms on Current Drinking by Black and White Adolescents 33
4 Adolescent Alcohol Decisions 59
5 Alcohol Expectancy Theory and the Identification of High-Risk Adolescents 85
6 The Path to Alcohol Problems Through Conduct Problems: A Family-Based Approach to Very Early Intervention With Risk 105
7 School-Based Research on the Prevention of Adolescent Alcohol Use and Misuse: Methodological Issues and Advances 125
8 Preventing Alcohol Abuse in College Students: A Harm-Reduction Approach 147
9 Parental Participation in Drug Abuse Prevention: Results from the Midwestern Prevention Project 173
10 Community Strategies for the Reduction of Youth Drinking: Theory and Application 197
11 Effects of Alcohol Price Policy on Youth: A Summary of Economic Research 225
Author Index 243
Subject Index 253
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