Developmental patterns of African American and Caucasian adolescents' alcohol use

Kate Flory, Tamara L. Brown, Donald R. Lynam, Joshua D. Miller, Carl Leukefeld, Richard R. Clayton

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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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)740-746
Number of pages7
JournalCultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology
Issue number4
StatePublished - Oct 2006


  • Adolescent development
  • Adolescent substance use
  • African American
  • Alcohol drinking patterns
  • Alcohol use
  • Caucasian
  • Developmental trajectory
  • Ethnic differences

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Sociology and Political Science


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