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ERIC Number: EJ904167
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 60
ISSN: ISSN-1067-828X
Self-Cognitions, Risk Factors for Alcohol Problems, and Drinking in Preadolescent Urban Youths
Corte, Colleen; Szalacha, Laura
Journal of Child & Adolescent Substance Abuse, v19 n5 p406-423 2010
In this study we examine relationships between self-structure and known precursors for alcohol problems in 9- to 12-year-old primarily black and Latino youths (N = 79). Parental alcohol problems and being female predicted few positive and many negative self-cognitions and a future-oriented self-cognition related to alcohol ("drinking possible self"). Nineteen percent of the sample reported ever drinking, but 40% of those with a "drinking possible self" reported ever drinking. Compared to never drinkers, youths who reported ever drinking had fewer self-cognitions. The self-structure may be an important mechanism through which parental alcohol problems and antisocial behavior lead to early alcohol use, and a viable target of interventions aimed at preventing early alcohol use. (Contains 2 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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