Positive alcohol expectancies partially mediate the relation between delinquent behavior and alcohol use: Generalizability across age, sex, and race in a cohort of 85,000 Iowa schoolchildren

Madeline H. Meier, Wendy S. Slutske, Stephan Arndt, Remi J. Cadoret

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Abstract

The extent to which positive alcohol expectancies mediated the association between delinquency and alcohol use, as well as whether age, sex, or race moderated this mediational relation, was examined in a population-based sample of Iowa schoolchildren (N = 85,301) from the 6th, 8th, and 11th grades. Positive alcohol expectancies were found to partially mediate the association between delinquency and alcohol use (alcohol use initiation, past-month drinking, and past-month binge drinking) across the full sample and in each age, sex, and racial subgroup. Evidence for moderated mediation was found for age and race but not for sex, which suggests that the magnitude of the relations among delinquency, positive alcohol expectancies, and alcohol involvement is different in younger versus older children and White, African American, Native American, Asian, and Hispanic youths but is similar in boys versus girls.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)25-34
Number of pages10
JournalPsychology of Addictive Behaviors
Volume21
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 2007

Keywords

  • Adolescents
  • Age, sex, and race differences
  • Alcohol expectancies
  • Alcohol use
  • Delinquency

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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