Problem Behavior Theory and Adolescent Alcohol Use
Community and Global Health (CGU)
Community Health | Medicine and Health Sciences | Mental and Social Health | Substance Abuse and Addiction
The prevalence of adolescent alcohol use has promoted interest in identifying the factors associated with its use. A comprehensive theory that provides a framework for understanding alcohol use is Jessor and Jessor's Problem Behavior Theory (PBT). We adopted PBT in a study of alcohol use among 226 Catholic high school students. PBT explained 38% of the variation in quantity-frequency of alcohol use and 31% of the variation in problem drinking. The three major systems (personality, perceived environment, behavioral) of the theory were about equally predictive of alcohol use.
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Hays, Ron D., Alan W. Stacy, and M. Robin Matteo. Problem Behavior Theory and Adolescent Alcohol Use. Addictive Behaviors 12.2 (1987): 189-193. doi: 10.1016/0306-4603(87)90026-8