Support for this dissertation research was provided by an individual National Research Service Award Predoctoral Fellowship awarded by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (F31AA017015), and by an institutional National Research Service Award Pre-Doctoral Fellowship awarded by the National Institute on Child and Human Development (T32 HD07376) to the Carolina Consortium on Human Development at the Center for Developmental Science.
Developmental Associations Between Adolescent Alcohol Use and Dating Aggression
Article first published online: 25 APR 2012
© 2012 The Authors. Journal of Research on Adolescence © 2012 Society for Research on Adolescence
Journal of Research on Adolescence
Volume 22, Issue 3, pages 526–541, September 2012
How to Cite
McNaughton Reyes, H. L., Foshee, V. A., Bauer, D. J. and Ennett, S. T. (2012), Developmental Associations Between Adolescent Alcohol Use and Dating Aggression. Journal of Research on Adolescence, 22: 526–541. doi: 10.1111/j.1532-7795.2012.00799.x
- Issue published online: 15 AUG 2012
- Article first published online: 25 APR 2012
- National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. Grant Number: F31AA017015
- National Institute on Child and Human Development. Grant Number: T32 HD07376
Although numerous studies have established a link between alcohol use and partner violence in adulthood, little research has examined this relation during adolescence. The current study used multivariate growth models to examine relations between alcohol use and dating aggression across Grades 8 through 12, controlling for shared risk factors (common causes) that predict both behaviors. Associations between trajectories of alcohol use and dating aggression were reduced substantially when common causes were controlled. Concurrent associations between the two behaviors were significant across nearly all grades but no evidence was found for prospective connections from prior alcohol use to subsequent dating aggression or vice versa. Findings suggest that prevention efforts should target common causes of alcohol use and dating aggression.