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Online aggression and alcohol use in adolescents

Researchers sought to understand the relationship between cyber aggression and alcohol use among adolescents. They surveyed students at two U.S. high schools about their experiences on the internet and with alcohol. Some of the patterns they found showed that adolescents who experienced more victimization online were less likely to drink unless they were already drinkers, a relationship found to be stronger in older adolescents; and adolescents who drank more often also engaged more frequently in cyber aggression. Additionally, students who were more aggressive online were more likely to use alcohol in general.  

The paper, “Cyber victimization, cyber aggression, and adolescent alcohol use: Short-term prospective and reciprocal associations,” was supported by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. It was published in the Journal of Adolescence.

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