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Developmental patterns of African American and Caucasian adolescents' alcohol use.

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  • 1Department of Psychology, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY 40506-0044, USA.


This study examined the developmental alcohol use trajectories of Caucasian and African American adolescents. Participants were 1,358 adolescents (77.6% Caucasian). Results suggest that not only do patterns of alcohol use differ for Caucasian and African American adolescents, but that there is substantial within group variation as well. Results suggest that using a within-groups developmental approach is one promising way to identify subgroups of adolescents at greatest risk for substance use.

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