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ERIC Number: EJ793714
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 23
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 52
ISSN: ISSN-0022-4278
The Influence of Being under the Influence: Alcohol Effects on Adolescent Violence
Felson, Richard B.; Teasdale, Brent; Burchfield, Keri B.
Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency, v45 n2 p119-141 2008
The authors examine the relationship between intoxication, chronic alcohol use, and violent behavior using data from the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health. The authors introduce a method for disentangling spuriousness from the causal effects of situational variables. Their results suggest that drinkers are much more likely to commit violence "while sober" than non-drinkers, suggesting that a considerable portion of the relationship between prevalence of drinking and violence is spurious. The authors find evidence of a causal effect of intoxication, however, when they examine the relationship between frequency of drinking and violence while sober or drinking. Intoxication has stronger effects on adolescents who are older, White, and who already have violent tendencies. (Contains 5 tables and 8 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Grade 10; Grade 11; Grade 12; Grade 9
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Language: English
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