Older Adolescents and Male Adolescents Are More Influenced by Dating Partner’s Alcohol Use
In this study, researchers used longitudinal data from a
population-based sample of 825 adolescents, ages 12–19, to determine
whether the influence of romantic partners’ alcohol use on adolescents’
underage drinking is distinct from the influence of peers and parents.
They found that alcohol use frequency and alcohol problems were
influenced by dating partners’ alcohol use. The study also found that
dating partners’ influence was stronger on older adolescents and male
adolescents. Researchers theorized that the study results could be
useful for public health messaging and prevention efforts by
demonstrating the influence of parents, peers, and dating partners on
teens’ alcohol use.
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This paper, “Adolescents’ Frequency of Alcohol Use and Problems from
Alcohol Abuse: Integrating Dating Partners with Parent and Peer
Influences,” was funded by the National Institute of Mental Health
(NIMH) and published in the Journal of youth and adolescence.