Brief Underage Alcohol Use Screener Scores Predict Health Risk Behaviors

Jonathan G. Tubman, Alan Meca, Seth J Schwartz, Maria Rosa Velazquez, Andrew W. Egbert, Mary H. Soares, Timothy Regan

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Abstract

The aim of this study was to determine if adolescents’ scores on a 2-item underage alcohol use screener predict risky consequences of past-year alcohol use and other health risk behaviors in a nonclinical, school-based sample of adolescents. A predominantly minority sample of 756 middle and high school students completed in-school tablet-based surveys on past-year underage alcohol use and a range of health risk behaviors. Higher scores for self alcohol risk and peer alcohol risk were associated with higher risk of past-year riding with a drunk driver and past 90-day measures of cigarette use, marijuana use, unplanned sex, and unprotected intercourse. The National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism Brief Alcohol Screener is a useful tool for school-based service providers, including school nurses, to identify and address the needs of adolescents at high risk of the development of alcohol use disorders, as well as a range of preventable health risk behaviors.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalJournal of School Nursing
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StateAccepted/In press - Jan 1 2019

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School Nursing
Risk-Taking
Sexual Behavior
Alcohols
Health
Alcoholism
Unsafe Sex
School Health Services
Cannabis
Tobacco Products
Tablets
Nurses
Driving Under the Influence
Underage Drinking
Adolescent Health
Students

Keywords

  • adolescent health
  • alcohol screener
  • drunk driving
  • health risk behavior
  • school nursing
  • sexual risk behavior

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nursing (miscellaneous)

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Tubman, J. G., Meca, A., Schwartz, S. J., Velazquez, M. R., Egbert, A. W., Soares, M. H., & Regan, T. (Accepted/In press). Brief Underage Alcohol Use Screener Scores Predict Health Risk Behaviors. Journal of School Nursing. https://doi.org/10.1177/1059840519871092

Brief Underage Alcohol Use Screener Scores Predict Health Risk Behaviors. / Tubman, Jonathan G.; Meca, Alan; Schwartz, Seth J; Velazquez, Maria Rosa; Egbert, Andrew W.; Soares, Mary H.; Regan, Timothy.

In: Journal of School Nursing, 01.01.2019.

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Tubman, Jonathan G. ; Meca, Alan ; Schwartz, Seth J ; Velazquez, Maria Rosa ; Egbert, Andrew W. ; Soares, Mary H. ; Regan, Timothy. / Brief Underage Alcohol Use Screener Scores Predict Health Risk Behaviors. In: Journal of School Nursing. 2019.
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