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ERIC Number: EJ881276
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 33
ISSN: ISSN-1067-828X
The Relationship among Pubertal Stage, Age, and Drinking in Adolescent Boys and Girls
Faden, Vivian B.; Ruffin, Beverly; Newes-Adeyi, Gabriella; Chen, Chiung
Journal of Child & Adolescent Substance Abuse, v19 n1 p1-15 2010
This study used data from the Third National Household and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) to examine the association between pubertal status (Tanner staging for boys and girls and menarche for girls) and alcohol use in a nationally representative sample of youths ages 12 to 17. Logistic regression was used to model the relationship. In general, more advanced pubertal stage was associated with a greater likelihood of having had at least 12 drinks in one's life. In particular, among 12- to 13-year-old boys and girls, higher Tanner scores were associated with increased risk for having already had at least 12 drinks in one's life. Thus, early puberty is associated with having initiated drinking at a young age and therefore may be a marker to help identify a group of youths with whom intervening early regarding alcohol use may be particularly useful. (Contains 5 tables and 2 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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