A Developmental Perspective on Alcohol Use and Heavy Drinking During Adolescence and the Transition to Young Adulthood

From Journal of Studies on Alcohol, Supplement #14

About the Course:

The transition to college involves major individual and contextual change in every domain of life; at the same time, heavy drinking and associated problems increase during this transition. A developmental contextual perspective encourages the examination of alcohol use and heavy drinking in relation to normative developmental tasks and transitions and in the context of students’ changing lives. Links between developmental transitions and alcohol use and other health risks are discussed in light of five conceptual models. The article reviews normative developmental transitions of adolescence and young adulthood, focusing on the domains of physical and cognitive development, identity, affiliation and achievement. Course materials are found on pages 54-70 using Adobe toolbar page finder.

Journal/Publisher:

National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism

Publication Date:

March 2002

Authors

Jennifer L. Maggs, Ph.D.; John E. Schulenberg, Ph.D.

About the Authors:

Jennifer L. Maggs is with Family Studies and Human Development at the University of Arizona.

John E. Schulenberg is associated with the Survey Research Center, Institute for Social Research and Department of Psychology at the University of Michigan.

Recommended For:

This course is recommended for health care professionals, especially addiction counselors, psychologists, mental health counselors, social workers, and nurses who seek knowledge about a developmental view of alcohol use during adolescence. It is appropriate for all levels of participants’ knowledge.

Course Objectives:

  1. Explain the developmental perspective on the etiology of alcohol use and heavy drinking.

  2. Describe developmental transitions and health risks during adolescence and young adulthood.

  3. Discuss the domains of developmental transitions and alcohol use and the implications of current knowledge on research and intervention.

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