Predicting early intitiation of alcohol use: a prospective study of Australian Children

Scholes-Balog, Kirsty Elizabeth, Hemphill, Sheryl, Reid, Sophie, Patton, George and Toumbourou, John 2013, Predicting early intitiation of alcohol use: a prospective study of Australian Children, Substance use & misuse, vol. 48, no. 4, pp. 343-352.

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Title Predicting early intitiation of alcohol use: a prospective study of Australian Children
Author(s) Scholes-Balog, Kirsty Elizabeth
Hemphill, Sheryl
Reid, Sophie
Patton, George
Toumbourou, JohnORCID iD for Toumbourou, John
Journal name Substance use & misuse
Volume number 48
Issue number 4
Start page 343
End page 352
Total pages 10
Publisher Informa Healthcare
Place of publication New York, NY
Publication date 2013-03
ISSN 1082-6084
Keyword(s) alcohol
risk factors
protective factors
Summary This study explores the social, contextual and individual factors that predict early initiation of alcohol use. A state-wide representative sample of 927 fifth-grade students, in Victoria, Australia were surveyed. Students were resurveyed in the sixth and seventh grade. Risk and protective factors were measured with a modified version of the Communities That Care youth survey. Alcohol use was measured to assess transition from alcohol nonuse to use. Social contexts perceived to provide easier access to alcohol and drugs were found to be the clearest predictors of early onset alcohol use. The limitations and implications of these findings are discussed.
Language eng
Field of Research 170106 Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology
Socio Economic Objective 970117 Expanding Knowledge in Psychology and Cognitive Sciences
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2013, Informa Healthcare
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