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Self-Cognitions, Risk Factors for Alcohol Problems, and Drinking in Preadolescent Urban Youth

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posted on 20.08.2012 by Colleen Corte, Laura Szalacha
We examined relationships between self-structure and known precursors for alcohol problems in 9-12 year old primarily Black and Latino youth (N=79). Parental alcohol problems and being female predicted few positive and many negative self-cognitions and a future-oriented self-cognition related to alcohol (‘drinking possible self’). Nineteen percent of the sample reported ever drinking, but 40% of those with a ‘drinking possible self’ reported ever drinking. Compared never drinkers, youth who reported ever drinking had fewer self-cognitions. The self-structure may be an important mechanism through which parental alcohol problems and antisocial behavior lead to early alcohol use, and a viable target of interventions aimed at preventing early alcohol use.

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Post print version of article may differ from published version. This is an electronic version of an article published in Corte, C. & Szalacha, L. 2010. Self-Cognitions, Risk Factors for Alcohol Problems, and Drinking in Preadolescent Urban Youths. v, 19(5): 406-423. Journal of Child and Adolescent Substance Abuse is available online at: http://www.informaworld.com/smpp/DOI: 10.1080/1067828X.2010.515882

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Taylor & Francis

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en_US

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1067-828X

Issue date

01/11/2010

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