Relationship of Changes in Adolescents' Leisure Activities to Alcohol Use

Judith R. Vicary, Edward Smith, Linda Caldwell, John D. Swisher

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Objective: To determine if a decrease in involvement in positive leisure activities preceded the transition to monthly-or-more often use of alcohol. Methods: 460 rural students were surveyed annually for 5 years regarding their participation in health and leisure behaviors. Results: Although gender and grade differences were found, increases in social activities (parties, dating, being with a crowd) most often . occurred prior to increased alcohol use; decreases in sports, hobbies and crafts, and church involvement also preceded females' increased alcohol use. Conclusion: Leisure activities should be carefully selected and monitored in efforts to limit adolescent involvement with problem behaviors including alcohol abuse.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)276-282
Number of pages7
JournalAmerican Journal of Health Behavior
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jul 1 1998

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Health(social science)
  • Social Psychology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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