ERIC Number: EJ924114
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Jun
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Race-Specific Transition Patterns among Alcohol Use Classes in Adolescent Girls
Dauber, Sarah E.; Paulson, James F.; Leiferman, Jenn A.
Journal of Adolescence, v34 n3 p407-420 Jun 2011
We used data from the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health to examine transitions among alcohol use classes in 2225 White and African American adolescent girls, and race differences in predictors of transition into and out of problematic drinking classes. Latent class analysis confirmed four classes for White girls and three for AA girls, defined in a previous study. Latent transition analysis revealed more stable abstainers and decreasing alcohol use among AA girls, and more increasing alcohol use among White girls, though stable abstainers were the largest group in both races. Increasing use was predicted by delinquency, academic misbehavior, substance use, and peer support for White girls, and by older age and delinquency for AA girls. Decreasing use was predicted by older age and depressive symptoms for White girls, and by family relationship quality and substance use for AA girls. Study limitations and implications of findings are discussed.
Descriptors: Delinquency, Females, Drinking, Family Relationship, Adolescents, Depression (Psychology), Whites, African Americans, Racial Differences, Predictor Variables, Alcohol Abuse, Student Behavior, Substance Abuse, Peer Influence, Age Differences
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Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health