ERIC Number: EJ1050211
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Jan
Abstractor: As Provided
Alcohol Use among Students with and without Hearing Loss
Pinquart, Martin; Pfeiffer, Jens P.
Journal of Deaf Studies and Deaf Education, v20 n1 p82-90 Jan 2015
We compared alcohol use among adolescents with and without hearing loss. Adolescents with hearing loss reported consuming less alcohol, less binge drinking, fewer episodes of drunkenness, and a higher age at first drunkenness than their hearing peers. Alcohol use did not vary between students who were deaf or hard of hearing or between students with congenital versus acquired hearing loss. Although higher age, male gender, and larger friend networks predicted higher alcohol consumption among adolescents with and without hearing loss, worse grades at school were associated only with alcohol use among hearing students. Lower alcohol use among students with hearing loss when compared with hearing peers was, in part, explained by their lower level of peer-group integration. Although alcohol use is a less serious problem among students with hearing loss, a minority with risky consumption would benefit from interventions aimed at reducing alcohol use.
Descriptors: Drinking, Adolescents, Deafness, Hearing Impairments, Comparative Analysis, Alcohol Abuse, Age Differences, Gender Differences, Peer Influence, Friendship, Predictor Variables, Grades (Scholastic)
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