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J Adolesc Health. 2011 Jul;49(1):105-7. doi: 10.1016/j.jadohealth.2010.12.004. Epub 2011 Mar 12.

Alcohol expectancies among adolescent nondrinkers: they may not be drinking now, but they're "thinkin bout it".

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  • 1Department of Psychology, Bass Hall, Smith College, Northampton, Massachusetts 01063, USA.



To examine the associations of alcohol expectancy outcomes and valuations with intention to use.


A total of 157 adolescent nonusers completed anonymous self-report surveys.


Adolescents who perceived more access to alcohol, expected less negative and more positive drinking outcomes, and evaluated positive outcomes favorably reported greater intentions to drink in adulthood.


Findings may be useful for efforts to further delay the initiation of alcohol use.

Copyright © 2011 Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

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