ERIC Number: EJ1021218
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Apr
Abstractor: As Provided
Reassessing the Effects of Early Adolescent Alcohol Use on Later Antisocial Behavior: A Longitudinal Study of Students in Victoria, Australia, and Washington State, United States
Hemphill, Sheryl A.; Heerde, Jessica A.; Scholes-Balog, Kirsty E.; Smith, Rachel; Herrenkohl, Todd I.; Toumbourou, John W.; Catalano, Richard F.
Journal of Early Adolescence, v34 n3 p360-386 Apr 2014
The effect of early adolescent alcohol use on antisocial behavior was examined at 1- and 2-year follow-up in Washington State, United States, and Victoria, Australia. Each state used the same methods to survey statewide representative samples of students ("N" = 1,858, 52% female) in 2002 (Grade 7 [G7]), 2003 (Grade 8 [G8]), and 2004 (Grade 9 [G9]). Rates of lifetime, current, frequent, and heavy episodic alcohol use were higher in Victoria than Washington State, whereas rates of five antisocial behaviors were generally comparable across states. After controlling for established risk factors, few associations between alcohol use and antisocial behavior remained, except that G7 current use predicted G8 police arrests and stealing and G9 carrying a weapon and stealing; G7 heavy episodic use predicted G8 and G9 police arrests; and G7 lifetime use predicted G9 carrying a weapon. Hence, risk factors other than alcohol were stronger predictors of antisocial behaviors.
Descriptors: Drinking, Risk, Law Enforcement, Crime, Foreign Countries, Weapons, Early Adolescents, Alcohol Abuse, Antisocial Behavior, Predictor Variables, Surveys, Grade 7, Grade 8, Grade 9, Longitudinal Studies, Deception, Cross Cultural Studies, Secondary School Students, Correlation, Family Characteristics
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Publication Type: Reports - Research; Journal Articles
Education Level: Grade 7; Grade 8; Grade 9; Secondary Education; Middle Schools; High Schools; Junior High Schools
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Identifiers - Location: Australia; Washington
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