Online Program

School Experiences and Recent Alcohol Use Among African American Youth

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Pooja Patel, Undergraduate Researcher, College of Education, Criminal Justice, & Human Services, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH
Rebecca Vidourek, PhD, CHES, Health Promotion and Education Program, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH
Keith A. King, PhD, MCHES, Department of Health Promotion and Education, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH
Alcohol use among African American youth presents a significant public health issue in the United States. This study examines whether there is an association between school experiences and alcohol use in African American youth based on sex and age. Research suggests that school factors are an important component when examining alcohol use African American youth; however there is limited research on how school factors can influence alcohol use. The NSDUH survey was completed by students self-identifying as African American from all 50 states including the District of Columbia. Student participants ranged in age from 12-17 (N=3,475). Results indicated that a sizeable percentage of youth drank alcohol within the past year. Logistic regression analyses demonstrated that youth who had significantly negative experiences at school increased the odds of alcohol consumption. Significant differences based on sex and age were found among those using alcohol in the past year. Such findings have important implications for public health professionals and prevention specialists interested in protecting youth from risky behaviors including negative school experiences and alcohol use.

Learning Areas:

Public health or related research

Learning Objectives:
Discuss the extent of recent alcohol use among African American students. Describe positive school experiences reported by African American youth. Identify school experiences that increase the risk of recent alcohol use among African American youth. Discuss the impact of how school experiences on recent alcohol use among African American youth differ and differences in impact based on student sex and age.

Keyword(s): Alcohol Use, African American

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am the principle writer of abstract and the co-principle author of the manuscript the abstract was written for. I have also analyzed the data based on the logistic regression analyses and have reported the major findings on the abstract.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.