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NCJ Number: 229498 Find in a Library
Title: Relationship Among Pubertal Stage, Age, and Drinking in Adolescent Boys and Girls
Journal: Journal of Child & Adolescent Substance Abuse  Volume:19  Issue:1  Dated:January-March 2010  Pages:1-15
Author(s): Vivian B. Faden; Beverly Ruffin; Gabriella Newes-Adeyi; Chiung Chen
Date Published: January 2010
Page Count: 15
Document: HTML (Publisher)
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study examined the relationship between alcohol consumption and pubertal development in a nationally representative sample of adolescent boys and girls between the ages of 12 and 17.
Abstract: This study used data from the Third National Household and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) to examine the association between pubertal status (Tanner staging for boys and girls and menarche for girls) and alcohol use in a nationally representative sample of youths ages 12 to 17. Logistic regression was used to model the relationship. In general, more advanced pubertal stage was associated with a greater likelihood of having had at least 12 drinks in one's life. In particular, among 12- to 13-year-old boys and girls, higher Tanner scores were associated with increased risk for having already had at least 12 drinks in one's life. Thus, early puberty is associated with having initiated drinking at a young age and therefore may be a marker to help identify a group of youths with whom intervening early regarding alcohol use may be particularly useful. Tables, figures, and references (Published Abstract)
Main Term(s): Juveniles
Index Term(s): Adolescent females; Adolescent males; Adolescents at risk; Behavioral science research; Underage Drinking
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