Social skills, expectancies, and drinking in adolescents

Gaffney, Lisa Rosenthal, Thorpe, Karen, Young, Ross, Collett, Robyn, & Occhipinti, Stefano (1998) Social skills, expectancies, and drinking in adolescents. Addictive Behaviors, 23(5), pp. 587-599.

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Research in the field of teenage drinking behavior has shown relationships between both social skills and drinking and alcohol expectancies and drinking. The present research investigated the comparative power of both of these sets of variables in predicting teenage drinking behavior, as well as looking at the contribution of more global cognitive structures. It was hypothesised that adolescents with high alcohol involvement would be discriminated from those with low involvement on the basis of social skills, cognitive structures, and alcohol expectancies. Seven hundred thirty-two adolescents participated in the study. Results indicated that adolescent alcohol involvement was associated with social skills deficits, positive alcohol expectancies, and negative cognitive structures concerning parents and teachers. The results revealed that, although the bulk of the variance in drinking behavior was explained by the independent effects of social skills and expectancies, the interaction of the two constructs explained an additional and significant proportion of the variance. Implications for preventive and treatment programs are discussed.

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ID Code: 90820
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
DOI: 10.1016/S0306-4603(98)00025-2
ISSN: 1873-6327
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES (170000) > PSYCHOLOGY (170100) > Developmental Psychology and Ageing (170102)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Current > Schools > School of Psychology & Counselling
Copyright Owner: Copyright 1998 Elsevier Science Ltd
Deposited On: 16 Dec 2015 01:18
Last Modified: 16 Dec 2015 01:18

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