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NCJ Number: 228079 Find in a Library
Title: Anticipating Problem Drinking Risk From Preschoolers' Antisocial Behavior: Evidence for a Common Delinquency-Related Diathesis Model
Journal: Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry  Volume:48  Issue:8  Dated:August 2009  Pages:820-827
Author(s): Roni Mayzer Ph.D.; Hiram E. Fitzgerald Ph.D.; Robert A. Zucker Ph.D.
Date Published: August 2009
Page Count: 8
Sponsoring Agency: Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Foundation
Detroit, MI 48226-2998
US Dept of Health and Human Services
Rockville, MD 20892-9304
Grant Number: R37 AA07065
Type: Research (Applied/Empirical)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study examined the early first drinking (EFD) experience from a perspective that emphasized the developmental significance of early alcohol use as a marker in a pathway of problem behavior beginning in preschool.
Abstract: Results from the study showed delinquent behavior and aggression decreasing normatively throughout childhood for those with and without EFD. However, those with EFD showed precocious resurgences moving into early adolescence. Findings from the study were robust in their consistency. Onset of drinking was more strongly tied to the developmental course of delinquent behavior than aggression, with predispositions having an especially important influence on adolescent outcomes for early drinkers only. Substantial literature has demonstrated that heightened risk for alcohol problems and later alcohol use disorder were associated with having had an EFD experience. This study sought to advance research on EFD as a proxy for early problem alcohol use, and its relation to continuity in antisocial behavior. Study participants consisted of 220 male children and their parents in a high risk for substance use disorder prospective study. Early first drinking was defined as having had a first drink by 12 to 14 years of age. Tables and references
Main Term(s): Juvenile Delinquent behavior
Index Term(s): Adolescent chemical dependency; Adolescents at risk; Child development; Deviance; Juvenile delinquency factors; Juvenile delinquency research; Problem behavior; Underage Drinking; Youth development
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