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Child abuse and neglect: Relations to adolescent binge drinking in the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health (AddHealth) Study

Shin, Sunny Hyucksun; Edwards, Erika M.; & Heeren, Timothy. (2009). Child abuse and neglect: Relations to adolescent binge drinking in the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health (AddHealth) Study. Addictive Behaviors, 34(3), 277-280. PMCID: PMC2656346

Shin, Sunny Hyucksun; Edwards, Erika M.; & Heeren, Timothy. (2009). Child abuse and neglect: Relations to adolescent binge drinking in the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health (AddHealth) Study. Addictive Behaviors, 34(3), 277-280. PMCID: PMC2656346

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The purpose of this study was to examine the relationship between child maltreatment and adolescent binge drinking. Given that many victimized children have been maltreated in multiple ways, we examine the effects of co-occurrence of multiple types of maltreatment on adolescent binge drinking. We used the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health (AddHealth), which included a nationally representative sample of adolescents (n = 12,748). Adolescent binge drinking was defined as five or more drinks in a row at least 2–3 times per month in the past year. Among those reporting any maltreatment, 12.4% reported binge drinking compared to 9.9% among those reporting no maltreatment. Logistic regression models found that child maltreatment is a robust risk factor for adolescent binge drinking controlling for parental alcoholism. In particular, all types of or combinations of types of maltreatment were strongly associated with adolescent binge drinking, controlling for age, gender, race, parental alcoholism and monitoring. Research examining the effect of childhood maltreatment on later alcohol abuse needs to recognize the clustering effects of multiple types of childhood maltreatment on alcohol problems.


Alcohol


JOUR



Shin, Sunny Hyucksun
Edwards, Erika M.
Heeren, Timothy



2009


Addictive Behaviors

34

3

277-280






0306-4603

10.1016/j.addbeh.2008.10.023

PMC2656346


959

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