Age of drinking initiation as a mediator of the relationship between sensation seeking and heavy drinking among high school seniors

Diana M. Doumas, Rob Turrisi, Raissa Miller, Susan Esp, Brian Flay

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Abstract

Sensation seeking has been identified as a significant risk factor for adolescent alcohol use. Little is known, however, about the process by which sensation seeking impacts heavy alcohol use. The current study used structural equation modeling (SEM) to examine the relationships among sensation seeking, age of drinking initiation, and heavy alcohol use in a sample of high school seniors (N = 221). Results support age of drinking initiation as a mediator of the relationship between sensation seeking and heavy alcohol use. Implications include providing personality-targeted prevention to adolescents who display sensation-seeking traits to delay drinking initiation among these students.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)32-38
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Child and Adolescent Substance Abuse
Volume28
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 2 2019

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Social Psychology
  • Education
  • Psychology(all)
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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