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Addict Behav. 2002 Jan-Feb;27(1):35-47.

Rational decision perspectives on alcohol consumption by youth. Revising the theory of planned behavior.

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Department of Psychology Western Connecticut State University, Danbury 06810, USA.


Cognitive and developmental approaches have made great strides in describing and predicting alcohol consumption by youth. The present review examines several theories of decision making with regard to alcohol consumption, including subjective expected utility (SEU) theory, the theories of reasoned action and planned behavior, and alcohol-related outcome expectancy theory. In addition, the developmental literature on the contribution of parents and peers to adolescent alcohol consumption is reviewed. A model is proposed, which integrates the theory of planned behavior and alcohol-related outcome expectancy theory with modifications based on findings from the developmental literature. Implications for further research are discussed.

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