Cover: Problem Behavior Theory and Adolescent Alcohol Use

Problem Behavior Theory and Adolescent Alcohol Use

Published in: Addictive Behaviors, v. 12, no. 2, 1987, p. 189-193

Posted on rand.org 1987

by Ron D. Hays, Alan W. Stacy, M. Robin DiMatteo

The prevalence of adolescent alcohol use has prompted 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). The authors 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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