ERIC Number: EJ915451
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Feb
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 40
The Role of Heavy Alcohol Use in the Developmental Process of Desistance in Dating Aggression during Adolescence
Reyes, Heathe Luz McNaughton; Foshee, Vangie A.; Bauer, Daniel J.; Ennett, Susan T.
Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, v39 n2 p239-250 Feb 2011
The current study examined the role of heavy alcohol use in the developmental process of desistance in physical dating aggression during adolescence. Using longitudinal data spanning grades 8 through 12 we tested the hypotheses that (a) higher levels of early heavy alcohol use would be associated with decreased deceleration from dating aggression during late adolescence and (b) higher levels of heavy alcohol use during time-points in late adolescence would be contemporaneously associated with elevated levels of dating aggression at those same time points. Contrary to expectations, findings indicate that the effects of both early and continuing heavy alcohol use on dating aggression were strong during early adolescence but tended to diminish over time. Unexpectedly, the contemporaneous effects of alcohol use on dating aggression were stronger in the spring than in the fall semesters. Implications for prevention and for understanding developmental relations between the two behaviors are discussed.
Descriptors: Drinking, Adolescents, Secondary School Students, Alcohol Abuse, Dating (Social), Aggression, Violence, Longitudinal Studies, Correlation, Behavior Change, Age Differences, Early Adolescents, Late Adolescents, Prevention
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Grade 10; Grade 11; Grade 12; Grade 8; Grade 9; Secondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A