Adolescent Alcohol Use in Spain: Connections with Friends, School, and Other Delinquent Behaviors

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Title: Adolescent Alcohol Use in Spain: Connections with Friends, School, and Other Delinquent Behaviors
Authors: Goldberg-Looney, Lisa D. | Sanchez-SanSegundo, Miriam | Ferrer-Cascales, Rosario | Albaladejo-Blázquez, Natalia | Perrin, Paul B.
Research Group/s: Psicología de la Delincuencia, Psicocriminología y Ciencias Forenses (PSIDECRIMYCIF)
Center, Department or Service: Universidad de Alicante. Departamento de Psicología de la Salud
Keywords: Adolescent alcohol use | Delinquent behaviors | Friendship quality | Intervention/prevention | Peer influences | Spain
Knowledge Area: Personalidad, Evaluación y Tratamiento Psicológico
Issue Date: 3-Mar-2016
Publisher: Frontiers Media
Citation: Goldberg-Looney LD, Sánchez-SanSegundo M, Ferrer-Cascales R, Albaladejo-Blazquez N and Perrin PB (2016) Adolescent Alcohol Use in Spain: Connections with Friends, School, and Other Delinquent Behaviors. Front. Psychol. 7:269. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2016.00269
Abstract: This study examined the connections between adolescent alcohol use in Alicante, Spain and variables reflecting adolescents’ academic problems, potentially delinquent behaviors, friends’ alcohol consumption, and friendship quality. Information about alcohol use and a number of school and social variables was collected from adolescent students (N = 567) who completed the National Students School-Based Drug Survey in a classroom setting. Results suggested that gender was not significantly associated with alcohol use, although alcohol use increased with age and was more likely for adolescents enrolled in public schools compared to private. After controlling for age and type of school (public vs. private), academic problems explained 5.1% of the variance in adolescents’ alcohol use, potentially delinquent behaviors explained 29.0%, friends’ alcohol use 16.8%, and friendship quality 1.6%. When all unique predictors from these four models were included in a comprehensive model, they explained 32.3% of the variance in adolescents’ alcohol use. In this final model, getting expelled, participating in a fight, going out at night, the hour at which one returns, and the number of friends who have consumed alcohol were uniquely and positively associated with adolescents’ alcohol use. These results provide important information about multi-system influences on adolescent alcohol use in Alicante, Spain and suggest potential areas of focus for intervention research.
Sponsor: This study was funded by Concejalía de Acción Social. Plan Municipal sobre Drogodependencia. Ayuntamiento de Alicante, Spain. Delegación del Gobierno para el Plan Nacional sobre Drogas.
ISSN: 1664-1078
DOI: 10.3389/fpsyg.2016.00269
Language: eng
Type: info:eu-repo/semantics/article
Rights: © 2016 Goldberg-Looney, Sánchez-SanSegundo, Ferrer-Cascales, Albaladejo-Blazquez and Perrin. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY). The use, distribution or reproduction in other forums is permitted, provided the original author(s) or licensor are credited and that the original publication in this journal is cited, in accordance with accepted academic practice. No use, distribution or reproduction is permitted which does not comply with these terms.
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