Relationship Dynamics and Young Adult Drug Use and Abuse

Project: Research project

Project Details

Description

The proposed study will investigate the covariation between alcohol and other drug (AOD) use developmental trajectories, social adaptation, and intimate partner adjustment in early adulthood. The longitudinal sample was originally assessed in 9 waves between ages 11 and 25 years. Participants will be age 2530 years during the follow-up period. In the early adult follow-up, participants will be invited to participate in an ecological assessment that will include a videotaped observation with a relationship partner, followed by 6 brief, quarterly surveys that will capture information about activity lifestyle, relationship adjustment, changes in relationships, and AOD use over an 18-month period. In addition, the originally assigned experimental group will be offered the Relationship Check-Up or Adult Check-Up following the initial assessment session. Analyses will focus on understanding stability and change in AOD use in early adulthood relative to changing relationships and activity lifestyles, in the context of developmental trajectories of problem behavior from early adolescence through adulthood. Multivariate modeling will be used to consider the unique and combined influence of the adolescent intervention and the young adult intervention in terms of adult AOD use, relationship adjustment, and activity lifestyles. This research is directly related to the design of effective early adult brief interventions that promote healthy relationships and family formation and address AOD use in a variety of service contexts, such as postsecondary education, social services, and the military.
StatusFinished
Effective start/end date5/23/138/31/16

Funding

  • HHS: National Institutes of Health (NIH): $1,593,173.00

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