Alcohol use and patterns of delinquent behaviour in male and female adolescents
2009 (English)In: Alcohol and Alcoholism, ISSN 0735-0414, Vol. 44, no 6, 607-614 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Aims: The overall aim was to study patterns of delinquent behaviour in relation to adolescent alcohol use. The more specific aims were to examine whether alcohol use varied between groups of adolescents with different patterns of delinquent behaviour, and to explore whether the association between delinquent behaviour patterns and alcohol use was similar for males and females. Methods:The participants were male (n = 406) and female (n = 532) adolescents in the eighth grade (age 14 years) in a medium-sized city of Sweden. We used information about self-rated alcohol use and different types of delinquent behaviour. Results: The results revealed that the occurrence of excessive alcohol use and drunkenness varied between groups of adolescents with different delinquency patterns, and that the associations between alcohol use and patterns of delinquent behaviours were relatively similar for males and females. Adolescents with patterns characterized by more serious non-violent delinquency or by violent delinquency reported the highest occurrence of alcohol use and frequency of drunkenness. Adolescents with well-adjusted behaviour or occasional minor delinquency were less likely to report drinking large amounts of alcohol or to the point of feeling drunk. Conclusions: The present results further emphasize the importance of distinguishing between different offender groups when examining the relationship between delinquent behaviour and associated problems, such as excessive alcohol use.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Oxford University Press , 2009. Vol. 44, no 6, 607-614 p.
alcohol use, delinquent behaviour, adolescents
Research subject Psychology
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-14102DOI: doi:10.1093/alcalc/agn107ISI: 000271106400011OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-14102DiVA: diva2:180622
The present research was made possible by access to data from a Swedish longitudinal research project. Professor Håkan Stattin was responsible for the planning, implementation and financing of the collection of data. The research was supported by grants from the Alcohol Research Council of the Swedish Alcohol Retailing Monopoly (Dnr 286/01; BaK), the Ministry of Health and Social Affairs, Sweden (Dnr S2001/7781/FH; BaK), the Mobilizing against Drugs Committee, Sweden (Dnr 20/2003:9; BaK) and the Söderberg Foundation (J.M.E.).2009-01-222009-01-222009-11-27Bibliographically approved