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Subst Use Misuse. 2009;44(8):1121-41. doi: 10.1080/10826080802494727.

Typologies of alcohol use in White and African American adolescent girls.

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  • 1Health and Treatment Research, National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University, 633 Third Avenue, New York, New York 10017, USA. sdauber@casacolumbia.org


This study examined typologies of alcohol use among 2,948 White and African American adolescent girls using data from the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health. Self-report data were collected on frequency and quantity of alcohol use, negative consequences, and high-risk drinking behaviors, as well as co-occurring internalizing and externalizing problems. Latent class analysis revealed a four-group typology for White girls and a three-group typology for African American girls. Problematic drinkers reported having more internalizing and externalizing problems in both racial groups. The study's limitations and implications are discussed.

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