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Title: The Development of Heavy Drinking and Alcohol-Related Problems from Ages 18 to 37 in a U. S. National Sample
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1. Muthen, Bengt O.
Muthen, Linda K.
The Development of Heavy Drinking and Alcohol-Related Problems from Ages 18 to 37 in a U. S. National Sample
Journal of Studies on Alcohol 61,2 (March 2000): 290-300.
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Cohort(s): NLSY79
Publisher: Center of Alcohol Studies, Rutgers University
Keyword(s): Addiction; Alcohol Use; College Education; Educational Attainment; Ethnic Differences; Ethnic Groups/Ethnicity; Family Background; Family History; Gender; High School Dropouts; Racial Differences; Substance Use

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Investigated the influence of individual background variables on the development of heavy drinking and alcohol-related problems by examining data from the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth, a general population sample (7,859 Ss) that contains information on alcohol use for the ages 18-37 yrs. Background variables included gender, ethnicity, family history of problem drinking, early onset of drinking, high school dropout, and college education. The study used a multivariate outcome approach that focused on individual variation in trajectories over age. The statistical analysis used random coefficients in a latent variable framework. Across-age changes in the importance of the influence of background variables on the outcomes were modeled using varying center points. A key finding is that dropping out of high school has no effect on alcohol-related problems for individuals in their mid-20s, but is associated with significantly increased levels of alcohol-related problems for individuals in their mid-30s. In contrast, going on to college is associated with lower levels of heavy drinking when individuals reach their late twenties and their thirties. Strong gender and ethnicity effects seen in the twenties diminish when individuals reach their thirties. ((c) 2000 APA/PsycINFO, all rights reserved)
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Muthen, Bengt O. and Linda K. Muthen. "The Development of Heavy Drinking and Alcohol-Related Problems from Ages 18 to 37 in a U. S. National Sample." Journal of Studies on Alcohol 61,2 (March 2000): 290-300.