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NCJ Number: 236483 Find in a Library
Title: Belief that Alcohol Use is Inconsistent With Personal Autonomy: A Promotive Factor for Younger Adolescents
Journal: Journal of Alcohol and Drug Education  Volume:55  Issue:2  Dated:August 2011  Pages:37-54
Author(s): Kimberly L. Henry; Annette Shivelband; Maria Leonora G. Comello; Michael D. Slater
Date Published: 2011
Page Count: 18
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study explored an understudied promotive factor, a belief that alcohol use is inconsistent with personal autonomy, which may reduce adolescent intention to drink and subsequent alcohol use.
Abstract: Autonomy was examined as an attitudinal construct within the Theory of Reasoned Action. Longitudinal data from 2,493 seventh grade students nested in 40 schools were analyzed using a structural equation model. Autonomy was negatively correlated with intention to use alcohol and subsequent alcohol use at a later wave, and intention to use fully mediated the effect of autonomy on subsequent alcohol use. These results are consistent with the proposition that when personal autonomy is perceived as inconsistent with alcohol use among younger adolescents, students indicate a lower intention to use alcohol and use less alcohol during the following school year. (Published Abstract)
Main Term(s): Underage Drinking
Index Term(s): Adolescent attitudes; Alcohol abuse education; Alcohol abuse prevention; Drug effects; Juvenile self concept
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