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Risk and Protective Factors for Recent Alcohol Use Among African-American Youth

NCJ Number
Journal of Drug Education Volume: 40 Issue: 4 Dated: 2010 Pages: 411-425
Rebecca A. Vidourek, Ph.D., CHES; Keith A. King, Ph.D., CHES
Date Published
15 pages
This study assessed potential risk and protective factors for recent alcohol use among African-American youth in grades 7 through 12.
A total of 7,488 7th-12th grade African-American students completed a survey assessing factors associated with recent alcohol use. Results indicated that 13.6 percent used alcohol in the past month. A series of odds ratios revealed that making good grades, participating in school activities, attending church, and having parents/teachers talk about the dangers of alcohol and set/enforce rules regarding alcohol were associated with decreased recent use. Participating in risky behaviors such as getting into trouble, skipping school, and having friends who use alcohol and other drugs was seen as directly related to recent use. Prevention specialists should encourage parents/teachers to engage youth in family, school, and community activities to deter alcohol use. Results may assist youth health professionals in developing prevention programs aimed at African-American youth. (Published Abstract) Tables and references