Very young adolescents and alcohol: Evidence of a unique susceptibility to peer alcohol use.

Kelly, Adrian B., Chan, Gary C. K., Toumbourou, John W., O'Flaherty, Martin, Homel, Ross, Patton, George C. and Williams, Joanne (2012) Very young adolescents and alcohol: Evidence of a unique susceptibility to peer alcohol use.. Addictive Behaviors, 37 4: 414-419. doi:10.1016/j.addbeh.2011.11.038

Author Kelly, Adrian B.
Chan, Gary C. K.
Toumbourou, John W.
O'Flaherty, Martin
Homel, Ross
Patton, George C.
Williams, Joanne
Title Very young adolescents and alcohol: Evidence of a unique susceptibility to peer alcohol use.
Journal name Addictive Behaviors   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0306-4603
Publication date 2012-04
Year available 2011
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.addbeh.2011.11.038
Volume 37
Issue 4
Start page 414
End page 419
Total pages 6
Place of publication Kidlington, Oxford, United Kingdom
Publisher Pergamon
Collection year 2011
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Aim: The aim of this study is to examine the susceptibility of very young adolescents (10–12 years of age) to peer alcohol-related influences, compared to older adolescents (13–14 years of age).
Methods: The analysis sample consisted of 7064 adolescents in grade 6 (modal age 11) or grade 8 (modal age 13) from 231 schools in 30 communities across three Australian States. Key measures were adolescent reports of alcohol use (past 30 days) and the number of peers who consume alcohol without their parent's awareness. Control variables included parent alcohol use, family relationship quality, pubertal advancement, school connectedness, sensation seeking, depression, length of time in high school, as well as age, gender, father/mother education, and language spoken at home. A multi-level model of alcohol use was used to account for school-level clustering on the dependent variable.
Results: For both groups, the number of peers who consumed alcohol was associated with alcohol use, but Grade 6 students showed a unique susceptibility to peripheral involvement with peer drinking networks (having one friend who consumed alcohol).
Conclusion: The results point to the importance of monitoring and responding to comparatively minor shifts in the proportion of peers who use alcohol, particularly among very young adolescents.
Keyword Adolescents
Very young adolescents
Alcohol use
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Available online 3 December 2011

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