Brown, Stephen L.; Teufel, James A.; Birch, David A.; Raj, Sujan; Izenberg, Neil; Lyness, D'Arcy; Kancherla, Vijaya
March 2007
American Journal of Health Studies;2007, Vol. 22 Issue 1, p33
Academic Journal
This study investigated associations of self-reported alcohol exposure among early adolescents with normative belief, motivational, and environmental influences. Data were obtained, via anonymous, electronic keypads, from 690 4-8 graders, visiting six health education centers. Multivariate logistic regression showed that reports of being offered alcohol and of drinking alcohol were associated with favorable attitudes toward adolescent drinking and perceptions of frequent peer drinking. The majority of children thought "teen" drinking was "un-cool. "More than half thought the primary explanation far adolescent drinking was that drinkers think it will make them cool. Recommendations are given for improving early adolescent alcohol use prevention.


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