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NCJ Number: 50384 Find in a Library
Title: PERSONALITY, DRINKING PATTERNS, AND PROBLEM DRINKING AMONG YOUNG ADULT OFFENDERS
Journal: JOURNAL OF DRUG EDUCATION  Volume:7  Issue:3  Dated:(1977/1978)  Pages:259-269
Author(s): K A LAUDEMAN
Corporate Author: Baywood Publishing Co, Inc.
United States of America
Date Published: 1977
Page Count: 11
Sponsoring Agency: Baywood Publishing Co, Inc.
Amityville, NY 11701
Indiana University of South Bend
South Bend, IN 46615
Sale Source: Indiana University of South Bend
1825 Northside Blvd
South Bend, IN 46615
United States of America
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: THE DRINKING BEHAVIOR OF YOUNG ADULT OFFENDERS WAS COMPARED TO THE BEHAVIOR OF NONALCOHOL OFFENDERS AND CONTROLS IN TERMS OF MENTAL HEALTH, THE USE OF ALCOHOL, AND PROBLEM DRINKING.
Abstract: THREE MATCHED GROUPS, EACH CONSISTING OF 27 YOUNG ADULT MALES BETWEEN 17 AND 21 YEARS OF AGE, WERE SELECTED TO REPRESENT THE FOLLOWING CATEGORIES: THOSE ARRESTED AND CHARGED WITH AN ALCOHOL-RELATED OFFENSE, THOSE ARRESTED AND CHARGED WITH OTHER THAN AN ALCOHOL-RELATED OFFENSE, AND THOSE WITH NO KNOWN ARREST RECORD OR CHARGED OFFENSE OTHER THAN A MAXIMUM OF TWO MOVING TRAFFIC VIOLATIONS. THE ALCOHOL OFFENDER GROUP CONSISTED OF YOUNG ADULTS ARRESTED AND CHARGED DURING A 3-MONTH PERIOD IN THE CITIES OF KALAMAZOO AND BATTLE CREEK, MICH. NONALCOHOL OFFENDERS AND CONTROL SUBJECTS WERE FROM THE SAME GEORGAPHICAL AREA. ALL OFFENDERS WERE GIVEN THE MINNESOTA MULTIPHASIC PERSONALITY INVENTORY, THE BARRON EGO STRENGTH SCALE, A QUESTIONNAIRE CONCERNING PERSONAL DATA AND DRINKING BEHAVIOR, AND THE PARK PROBLEM DRINKING SCALE APPROXIMATELY 1 TO 3 MONTHS AFTER THEY WERE PLACED ON PROBATION. ALCOHOL OFFENDERS SHOWED A LOWER LEVEL OF MENTAL HEALTH, LOWER EGO STRENGTH SCALE SCORES, MORE EXCESSIVE DRINKING, AND GREATER PROBLEM DRINKING BEHAVIOR THAN CONTROLS. ALCOHOL AND NONALCOHOL OFFENDERS WERE SIMILAR IN MENTAL HEALTH AND EGO STRENGTH SCALE SCORES, BUT THE FORMER GROUP DRANK SIGNIFICANTLY MORE AND SHOWED MORE PROBLEM-DRINKING BEHAVIOR. THE IMPLICATIONS OF THE FINDINGS SUGGEST THAT EXCESSIVE DRINKING IN THE YOUNG ADULT OFFENDER POPULATION MAY BE LEARNED AND MAINTAINED BY PSYCHOLOGICAL, PHYSIOLOGICAL, AND/OR SOCIOLOGICAL REINFORCEMENT. SUPPORTING DATA AND REFERENCES ARE INCLUDED. (DEP)
Index Term(s): Alcoholic beverages; Alcoholics; Behavior patterns; Mental health; Young adult offenders
Note: SUMMARY OF 'PERSONALITY AND DRINKING BEHAVIOR OF ALCOHOL AND NON-ALCOHOL OFFENDERS', 1969
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