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NCJ Number: 183562 Add to Shopping cart Find in a Library
Title: Relationship Between Adolescent Alcohol Use and Delinquent and Violent Behaviors
Journal: Journal of Child and Adolescent Substance Abuse  Volume:9  Issue:2  Dated:1999  Pages:13-28
Author(s): Kelli A. Komro; Carolyn L. Williams; Jean L Foster; Cheryl L. Perry; Kian Farbakhsh; Melissa H. Stigler
Date Published: 1999
Page Count: 16
Sponsoring Agency: US Dept of Health and Human Services
Rockville, MD 20892-9304
Grant Number: R01-AA08595;R01-AA10791;
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Self-reported data from eighth and ninth grade students from a rural and small-town population formed the basis of an analysis of longitudinal and cross-sectional relationships between alcohol use, psychological risk as measured by four MMPI-A scales, and delinquent and violent behaviors.
Abstract: The research was part of a 9-year community trial, Project Northland, designed to reduce alcohol use and alcohol-related problems among a cohort of adolescents in rural northeastern Minnesota. Project Northland’s 24 school districts and surrounding communities were randomly assigned to intervention or reference condition. The participants included 937 students who completed surveys in both 1994 and 1995. Alcohol use and acknowledgment of alcohol and drug-related problems were statistically associated with delinquent and violent behaviors, even after adjusting for personality and behavioral risk. Findings suggested that alcohol use is an independent risk factor for delinquent and violent behaviors among young people. Therefore, violence prevention efforts among adolescents should recognize and address alcohol use. In addition, efforts to prevent juvenile alcohol use should evaluate the effects of reducing alcohol use on subsequent violent behaviors. Tables and 21 references (Author abstract modified)
Main Term(s): Juvenile delinquency factors
Index Term(s): Drug prevention programs; Juvenile delinquency prevention; Minnesota; Underage Drinking; Violence causes; Violence prevention
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