Effects of early adolescent alcohol use on mid-adolescent school performance and connection : A longitudinal study of students in Victoria, Australia and Washington State, United States

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Hemphill, Sheryl A., Heerde, Jessica A., Scholes-Balog, Kirsty E., Herrenkohl, Todd I., Toumbourou, John W. and Catalano Jr, Richard F.. (2014). Effects of early adolescent alcohol use on mid-adolescent school performance and connection : A longitudinal study of students in Victoria, Australia and Washington State, United States. Journal of School Health. 84(11), pp. 706-715. https://doi.org/10.1111/josh.12201
AuthorsHemphill, Sheryl A., Heerde, Jessica A., Scholes-Balog, Kirsty E., Herrenkohl, Todd I., Toumbourou, John W. and Catalano Jr, Richard F.
Abstract

BACKGROUND
This article examines the effect of early adolescent alcohol use on mid-adolescent school suspension, truancy, commitment, and academic failure in Washington State, United States, and Victoria, Australia. Also of interest was whether associations remain after statistically controlling for other factors known to predict school outcomes.

METHODS
State-representative student samples were surveyed in 2002 (grade 7; N = 1858) and followed up annually to 2004 (grade 9) in both sites. Students completed a modified version of the Communities That Care survey to report alcohol use, school outcomes, and risk and protective factors. Response rates were above 74% and retention rates exceeded 98% in both places.

RESULTS
Controlling for grade 7 risk factors, grade 7 current alcohol use, and heavy episodic drinking were associated with grade 8 school suspension. Grade 7 current and frequent alcohol use and heavy episodic drinking were linked to grade 9 truancy. In fully adjusted analyses, associations between early alcohol use and academic failure and low school commitment did not remain.

CONCLUSIONS
Although alcohol use is one factor influencing school performance and connection, there are other risk factors that need to be targeted to improve school outcomes.

Keywordsalcohol use; school performance; school connection; longitudinal study; adolescence
Year2014
JournalJournal of School Health
Journal citation84 (11), pp. 706-715
PublisherWiley Blackwell Publishing
ISSN0022-4391
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1111/josh.12201
PubMed ID25274170
Scopus EID2-s2.0-84908228476
PubMed Central IDPMC4196706
Open accessPublished as green open access
Page range706-715
FunderNational Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), National Institutes of Health
National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), National Institutes of Health
National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC)
Research GroupInstitute for Learning Sciences and Teacher Education (ILSTE)
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Grant IDR01-DA012140-05
R01AA017188-01
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