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Sexual Orientation Disparities in Longitudinal Alcohol Use Patterns Among Adolescents

Sexual Orientation Disparities in Longitudinal Alcohol Use Patterns Among Adolescents ARTICLE Sexual Orientation Disparities in Longitudinal Alcohol Use Patterns Among Adolescents Findings From the Growing Up Today Study Heather L. Corliss, MPH, PhD; Margaret Rosario, PhD; David Wypij, PhD; Laurie B. Fisher, SM; S. Bryn Austin, ScD Objective: To compare sexual orientation group dif- Results: Compared with heterosexual participants, youth ferences in the longitudinal development of alcohol use reporting any minority sexual orientation reported hav- behaviors during adolescence. ing initiated alcohol use at younger ages. Greater risk of alcohol use was consistently observed for mostly hetero- Design: Community-based prospective cohort study. sexual males and females and for bisexual females, whereas gay and bisexual males and lesbians reported elevated lev- Setting: Self-reported questionnaires. els of alcohol use on only some indicators. Gender was an important modifier of alcohol use risk; mostly het- Participants: A total of 13 450 Growing Up Today Study erosexual and bisexual females exhibited the highest rela- participants (79.7% of the original cohort) aged 9 to 14 tive risk. Younger age at alcohol use initiation among par- years at baseline in 1996 were followed up for more than ticipants with minority sexual orientations significantly 7 years. contributed to their elevated risk of binge drinking. Main Exposure: Self-reported http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png JAMA Pediatrics American Medical Association

Sexual Orientation Disparities in Longitudinal Alcohol Use Patterns Among Adolescents

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Publisher
American Medical Association
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Copyright 2008 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved. Applicable FARS/DFARS Restrictions Apply to Government Use.
ISSN
2168-6203
eISSN
2168-6211
DOI
10.1001/archpedi.162.11.1071
pmid
18981356
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Abstract

ARTICLE Sexual Orientation Disparities in Longitudinal Alcohol Use Patterns Among Adolescents Findings From the Growing Up Today Study Heather L. Corliss, MPH, PhD; Margaret Rosario, PhD; David Wypij, PhD; Laurie B. Fisher, SM; S. Bryn Austin, ScD Objective: To compare sexual orientation group dif- Results: Compared with heterosexual participants, youth ferences in the longitudinal development of alcohol use reporting any minority sexual orientation reported hav- behaviors during adolescence. ing initiated alcohol use at younger ages. Greater risk of alcohol use was consistently observed for mostly hetero- Design: Community-based prospective cohort study. sexual males and females and for bisexual females, whereas gay and bisexual males and lesbians reported elevated lev- Setting: Self-reported questionnaires. els of alcohol use on only some indicators. Gender was an important modifier of alcohol use risk; mostly het- Participants: A total of 13 450 Growing Up Today Study erosexual and bisexual females exhibited the highest rela- participants (79.7% of the original cohort) aged 9 to 14 tive risk. Younger age at alcohol use initiation among par- years at baseline in 1996 were followed up for more than ticipants with minority sexual orientations significantly 7 years. contributed to their elevated risk of binge drinking. Main Exposure: Self-reported

Journal

JAMA PediatricsAmerican Medical Association

Published: Nov 1, 2008

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