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NCJ Number: 237212 Find in a Library
Title: Influence of Alcohol-Related Cognitions on Personality-Based Risk for Alcohol Use During Adolescence
Journal: Journal of Child & Adolescent Substance Abuse  Volume:20  Issue:4  Dated:September-October 2011  Pages:387-405
Author(s): Nicole M. Bekman; Kevin Cummins; Sandra A. Brown
Date Published: September 2011
Page Count: 19
Sponsoring Agency: US Dept of Health and Human Services
Rockville, MD 20892-9304
Grant Number: R01 AA12171-09
Document: PDF
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: The purpose of this study was to identify cognitive pathways through which sensation-seeking characteristics may influence decisions to use alcohol.
Abstract: This study examines whether expectancies about the impact of not drinking or reducing alcohol use and perceptions of peer alcohol use partially mediated risk incurred by sensation seeking for adolescent alcohol involvement. High school drinkers (N = 3,153) completed a survey assessing substance use, sensation seeking, perceived peer alcohol use, and non-drinking expectancies. Single and multiple mediation models were used to estimate the size of the mediated effect. Participants' expectations about the consequences of not drinking explained a substantial portion of the relationship between sensation seeking and alcohol use for both males and females (43.9 percent and 22.7 percent, respectively). Perceived peer alcohol use was also relevant to this link for females (8.4 percent). The role of these potentially malleable cognitive processes in adolescent decisionmaking regarding alcohol use have direct prevention and intervention implications for helping to reduce risky alcohol use among high-risk adolescents. (Published Abstract)
Main Term(s): Juvenile (Under 18)
Index Term(s): Alcohol abuse; Alcohol abuse prevention; Decisionmaking; Peer assessment; Risk taking behavior
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