Prevention Science

, Volume 5, Issue 3, pp 151–168

Adolescent Predictors of Young Adult and Adult Alcohol Involvement and Dysphoria in a Prospective Community Sample of Women

  • Thomas F. Locke
  • Michael D. Newcomb

DOI: 10.1023/B:PREV.0000037639.78352.3c

Cite this article as:
Locke, T.F. & Newcomb, M.D. Prev Sci (2004) 5: 151. doi:10.1023/B:PREV.0000037639.78352.3c


The adolescent predictors of later alcohol involvement (AI), dysphoria (D), and their shared association (AD) among women have not been adequately established. Three waves of data from an ethnically diverse community sample of women, assessed over 16 years are used to study how various psychosocial factors in adolescence influenced later drinking, depression, and their shared association. Structural equation models revealed that several adolescent ecodevelopmental and social development model variables influenced their later outcome in young adulthood and adulthood. The strongest relation was between adolescent Social Conformity and adult AD (β = −.46) over a 16-year period, emphasizing the impact of this construct. Numerous other relations were revealed. For instance, less satisfaction with school during adolescence predicted adult AI. Having a good bond to the family in adolescence predicted a lower quantity of alcohol consumed during adulthood. Lower satisfaction with “what you want to be” during adolescence predicted young adult D. Higher levels of adolescent relationship satisfaction and school satisfaction predicted less suicidal ideation as an adult. Prevention interventions focusing on increasing socially conforming attitudes and on strengthening relationships both in and out of the home during adolescence are likely to be effective in reducing aspects of AI, D, and AD for women in the general community.

women adolescent predictors alcohol depression comorbidity 

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© Society for Prevention Research 2004

Authors and Affiliations

  • Thomas F. Locke
    • 1
  • Michael D. Newcomb
    • 1
  1. 1.University of SouthernCalifornia

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