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Scholars Day 2005, Wednesday, April 13

Headbangers, Jocks, Populars and Averages: Adolescent Peer Crowd Identities and Alcohol Use

The relationship between alcohol use and peer crouwd identity (PCI) was examined for a longitudinal sample of 699 Western New York adolescents. Correlations, multivariate analyses and structural equation modeling were used to test for associations between "headbanger," "jock," "popular," and "average" PCIs and total daily average alcohol consumption, number of times drunk past year, and number of times binge drank past year. After controlling for the effects of age, gender, race, social class and earlier alcohol use, the significant correlation between wave-1 PCI and wave-3 alcohol use for the "jock" crowd was confimed. Wave-1 "headbanger," "popular" and "average" PCIs were nonsignificant predictors of alcohol use at Wave-3. Discussion focused on alcohol use within the sport subculture and implications of the findings for coaches and athletic directors.

Presenter: Merrill Melnick (Faculty)
Topic: Physical Education and Sport
Location: 127 Hartwell
Time: 10:45 am (Session II)

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